But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19
When her baby was born Mary soaked up every heavenly minute she could. I imagine her holding him up to her face, closing her eyes, inhaling his smell and his spirit. Every new mother treasures her first moments with her child, but Mary’s was something more. Mary didn’t just love his baby because he was her son. She loved him because he was her Savior.
She heard truth proclaimed about her baby. She witnessed people worship her baby. She met God in her baby. And she treasured all of it.
Mary tuck away every truth, every hope and every ounce of faith in her heart. A day would come when she would need that. When most mothers watch their sons get married and start a family, Mary watched her’s get betrayed, brutalized and crucified.
She needed all those things she tucked away to get her through those three days. Those three days weren’t just the worst days for humanity. They were the worst days for a mom who watched it all unfold.
The amazing thing is that Mary stayed. She stayed by his side. She stayed at the cross. She stayed firm in a faith that she treasured and stored in her heart for that exact moment. She stayed.
I met Jesus in a much different way than Mary did. At an age that Mary likely birthed him, I was breaking his heart with my foolish immorality and rebellion. Then I heard truth proclaimed about him. I witnessed people worship him. I met God in the pages of his Book. And I treasured all of it.
I treasured every truth, every hope and every ounce of faith in my heart. A day came when I needed that. When most mothers are rocking their babies and day dreaming of their future, I buried mine in the ground.
I needed all those treasures I stored. Those were the words days of my life.
But I stayed. I stayed by his side. I stayed at the cross.I stayed firm in a faith that I treasured and stored in my heart for that exact moment. I stayed.
Jesus, I STAYED! I am proud that I can look you face to face one day and tell you I stayed!