When the Shepherds came to the stable to find Jesus and proclaimed to everyone all that was told to them concerning Jesus (Luke 2:18-19)
She marveled at the things which were spoken by Simeon, whom God promised would see the Messiah and was led into the temple by God’s Spirit. (Luke 2:33)
At the temple, young Jesus left teachers astounded at His wisdom and understanding. Although worried at His whereabouts, Mary got a glimpse of Jesus’ ministry in action. (Luke 2:51)
As a mother, I have committed many things to memory that my children have done or said or participated in; but, I think this “pondering” goes beyond motherly affection.
I believe each of these instances were used at the cross to give Mary strength and comfort to allow God’s plan to unfold in the gruesome way it did.
Mary knew from the beginning how this calling on her life and the life of her Son would end. She, no doubt, either read the prophesies or heard them read. Can you imagine? Having heard the prophesies, she may have even thought how cool it would be to be the one chosen by God. To be found pure and upright in the sight of God Almighty! That desire to be worthy may have even motivated her to stay pure in the heat of temptation awaiting her wedding day.
Mary’s calling was one of honor and came with the highest accolades from God Himself. This honorable calling required someone of a pure heart, godly integrity, bold faith and strength of heart and mind to see this journey to its prophesied end.
That’s why I believe Mary’s pondering wasn’t the typical motherly storing of memories. Mary pondered to gain the strength needed to watch her Son fulfill His life’s purpose. It’s what planted her at the foot of the cross to see this journey out to the very end.
I can’t even imagine the grief that struck her heart as she not only watched Him suffer and die for the sin of the world; but, witness people cast lots for His clothes, mock and disrespect Him. It is a true testament to the power of God that He kept Mary’s “mother bear” instinct in check. And, praise God, His plan didn’t just end there!!
I am so thankful that Mary pondered.
Thank you, God, for the example of Mary. Thank you for fulfilling call and purpose in and through Your Son, Jesus.