While driving with my friend Christine the other day, we wondered if we appreciated the moments we’d had when our children were young. We’re both approaching that time when we can see the not too distant future, where it’ll just be us and the hubby. All the kids will be out of the house and the air of our house and car will be lacking the now ever present “kid noise.”
We chatted about Mary, the mother of Jesus and how she treasured up the events in her life. As I looked in Luke 2 and the statement about her pondering, this storing of events was at the beginning of her life with Jesus.
Luke 2 says she and Joseph went to Bethlehem to register due to a census (while she was in the last bit of her pregnancy), Mary and Joseph were still pledged to be married at this point, she gave birth (to a son), she wrapped him in cloth and laid him in a manger and no guest rooms were available—this was a census and the town must have been buzzing with visitors. There were shepherds in their fields and angels appeared telling them not to be afraid, they were bringing good news and specific information about where to find the Messiah. Then, all of a sudden, a great group of angels appeared praising God. After the angels left, they decided to go to Bethlehem to see all that was told to them. And they did!
They arrived where Mary was and started telling everyone about this great thing. And then scripture says she treasured this in her heart.
Think about it, Mary was 16ish—maybe 17 by this time—and her life with Jesus was only moments old and she was treasuring. She was remembering and holding things close that she had experienced.
Today, as I am in Africa, I saw a young woman with her baby swaddled in a blanket on her back as the child slept. She was content and calm—unlike the moments before she relaxed enough to sleep! The mother went into high gear to calm her child so we didn’t have to listen to the squawking. And she swayed back and forth in love and appreciation to have the moments of silence.
Motherhood brings on many responsibilities some of which are annoying and make us ultra busy. We scurry from one thing to the next while planning dinner and cleaning up. Kids get from one event to the next via our “Mom-Uber” and about zero appreciation crosses their lips. But are we treasuring these things? Do we realize the beauty of the responsibility we have to mold and shape a life (or lives) God has entrusted to us?
Take time today to reflect and treasure some of the beauty moments in your world. If you’re not a mother, it’s ok. Look for times when God has been with you preparing you for something He has for you. And if you are a mother, relish these crazy days. Harbor them. Love them. Manage your time wisely and impart godly wisdom to the children entrusted to you.