Monday, December 17, 2007

Like Mary

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.~Luke 2:19

On Christmas Day, seven years ago, I had a 6 day old baby to hold. After we read the Christmas scripture that morning, I remember how clear that verse was to me. It was like I had never heard of it before. I'm supposing my "new mother hormones" were in tune to anything remotely resembling nurturing or mothering. I think it's just God's way. I identified with Mary immensely then, holding a newborn child.

Even today...in modern translations like the song Breath of Heaven.... I can understand Mary's cry: I am frightened by the load I bear..., and do you wonder if a wiser one should have had my place? I feel that way so often....my precious children deserve someone wiser and better than what I humanly can give them!! That's when I know that my mothering capabilities are indeed supernatural....from the Lord...in that all the things which are possible, I can do; but the impossible is left to Him.

Just like Jesus' life was to follow a specific plan, our lives and our children's lives were made to follow a specific plan. Often we don't understand or see that plan, (I know I don't sometimes---ok, many times!!) but to an outsider it might look like we are "birthing them in a manger"...so to speak. By that I mean, the circumstances surrounding our children are not necesarily indicative of what God is doing in their and our lives. We must think from the heart, not the head, in things of matter concerning the will of God, and our children. That I must hold to, that I must continue to have faith in.

And, so, like Mary, I am pondering all these things in my heart. I am imagining the faith it must have took for her to believe that she was bearing God's son. I am imagining the strength and wisdom she must have had to ask for, continually. And I know, in the end, whatever the circumstance....He will reign.


But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. ~Luke 1:30-33

12 comments:

Courtney said...

Love this post, Andrea! Wonderful insight! Mary is such an amazing role model for mammas...humble and faithful! Thanks for this inspiring insight today!

Dawn said...

This was such a sweet and encouraging post. I remember identifying strongly with Mary a few years ago also wen my son was born on Dec. 10th. Your right, we don't need to be afraid in our mothering because we have the help of the Almighty.

:..Rebekah..: said...

Last night as I tried to go to sleep I had my children on my heart and on my mind, and I was thinking about their hearts, their lives, their futures, and their flawed mother! God's peace was so real to me, and I was comforted by the truth that "He will reign" as you have shared in this post. God is so faithful and good. Thanks for such a wonderful reminder!

Betty said...

Wow Andrea! I think we were very like minded in our blogging this morning! I've been contemplating the same things these weeks. It seems like I can never have the "perfect" Christmas that I envision where we are doing Advent readings (without getting behind), lighting the candles, spending time at home, having all the shopping already done, baking, making ornaments, etc... I haven't had a Christmas like that yet! Does it exist?

And yet, I can make sure my heart is unhurried. Can I glean from God's providences for my Christmas anyways? I never seem to run out of applications from the life of Mary. I wish I did more pondering and less barking!!

Blessings to you,
Betty

Beck said...

Wonderful post.
I remember my first pregnancy and suddenly feeling this deep connection with Mary on Christmas eve - it was a magical thing.

L.L. Barkat said...

I'm reading a wonderful book right now called The Real Mary. And it brings out some of these things in such a beautiful, bracing way.

(Oh, and I love that song.)

Anonymous said...

praise god! elizabeth cochet

Kelly (The Barefoot Mama) said...

God is amazing. I can totally relate to and understand this message, Andrea. I just found your blog throug Sara's "Walk Slowly..." and am loving it. Praying a beautiful, bright and blessed Christmas for you and your gang! :o)

Terry said...

How COULD we do this without His immeasurable grace? I don't think we could. Great post, Andrea.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

I can't hear that song without crying - I think it came out the year my son was born on Dec. 7. How incredible to hold a helpless baby and ponder God's awesome plan. It's overwhelmingly beautiful.

Heart of Wisdom said...

This post was included in my Spiritual Sunday links. See http://heartofwisdom.com/blog

Thank you for the encouragement. Please consider joining the Sunday meme.

. said...

She is ann example. Always.