Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Time to Ponder

Don’t you understand even yet? 
Don’t you remember the 5,000 
I fed with five loaves, 
and the baskets of leftovers you picked up?
Matthew 16:9
If we are watching and listening, 
every day comes with messages from God.
Some messages are for our understanding.
After Jesus fed the four thousand, 
He was trying to teach them something
about the yeast of the Pharisees.
They thought He was rebuking them
for not bringing bread.

He was hoping that they held on to
the things He had been trying to show them.
We lose out on understanding
when we do not carefully steward
the truths we have been taught.
But, other times He comes and 
speaks something that has no context.
We look for a connection between that word
and a word previously spoken.
Sometimes we find none.
Those are the times we ponder.
Mary had asked the angel how it could be,
but there was no way she understood 
the answer to that question.
"You will be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit.
The One born will be called the Son of God."
Mary answered, "I am the Lord's servant.
May it be to me as You said."
After she had given birth to Jesus,
"Mary kept all these things in her heart 
and thought about them often."
There are times to understand and times to ponder.
If we steward the revelations,
we will not miss the understanding times.
If we remember the Lord's faithfulness,
we will not miss the pondering times.
The understanding times can just be a bit easier.
Oh, now I see. This is just like that.
But the things that have 
no apparent context can be trickier.
That's when I have to rely on 
the context of faithfulness.
I am in a pondering season right now.
He is asking me to trust in His Name.
That doesn't mean there aren't new things
He wants me to understand.
But He wants me to walk securely
when all I can ask Him is, 
How can this be since...?
May it be said of me,
as it was said of Mary, 
Blessed is she who has believed 
that what the Lord has said to her
will be accomplished.
Luke 1:45


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