But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. –Luke 2:19
The shepherds had shown up out of nowhere to visit Mary and her family, saying that an angel had said that the Christ, the Messiah was born in the City of David and they should go and visit him in a manger. They said that a host of angels were singing of God’s favor with men.
She didn’t just glance over this and go on her merry way. (Pardon my pun.) She paused, took all this in, and treasured, valued and relished the experience. She drank deeply from the richness of what was going on. She was aware that God was doing something amazing here; she had her eyes open and recognized God’s hand in what was going on.
The Greek word for treasured is suntereo–to preserve (a thing from perishing or being lost), to keep within one’s self, keep in mind (a thing, lest it be forgotten). When God shows up, when He does something amazing, we need to keep this front and center in our hearts and minds. It needs to be preserved, kept from fading or drifting away, front and center and not forgotten. We need to be intentional about sharing our God stories with each other.
The Greek word for pondering is sumballo–to bring together in one’s mind, confer with one’s self. God’s ways are great and mighty, we will spend all eternity growing in our comprehension of his greatness and kindness. It is good apply ourselves to wrap our minds around who He is and what He is doing.
What is God doing in and around you right now? What can you be treasuring in your heart? What can you ponder about God?