Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Art of Pondering

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2:19, 51)

We are all familiar with the story of Jesus' birth (yes, we can still talk about it after Christmas), and so we have heard before how Mary -- more than once -- is noted to have 'treasured' and 'pondered' the astounding events surrounding the birth of her first Child.

And looking up the dictionary definition of 'ponder' doesn't produce any surprises, either:

But I'll be the first to admit: as a 21st century culture, we aren't typically the pondering type. Like many others, I tend to be impatient and prefer answers that are instantaneous. Or at the very minimum, they should take no more time than the average google-search.

But what if we're missing some of the very answers we're so earnestly looking for? Simply because we're too impatient to not only wait, but to ponder what we've already seen and experienced.

Can we learn to thoughtfully -- over time -- consider the things that have been treasured in our hearts for some time already?

How much of God's leading has already been shown to us, if we'd just take the time to slow down and take a reflective look at all the pieces of the puzzle that we've already been given?

The art of pondering -- the ability to be reflective and evaluative, at an unhurried pace -- is something I'd like to get much better at in 2015. (Is a year enough time, or am I still trying to run through the drive-thru?)

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