January 2, 2013

“And His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51

We have all heard mommies make very definitive statements about how exceptional their son or daughter is.  We all dutifully nod in agreement;

O, yes he is the cutest baby I have ever seen,

O, yes she is the smartest baby I have ever seen,

O, yes they are the best-behaved children ever.

We all know that it is a lie.  There is a phenomenal process that takes place in rational people when they become parents.  They lose their objectivity. I am not objective when it comes to my kids. I am fully for them; they don’t need a dispassionate arbiter – they need a Dad.

During my generation, mothers have attempted to “treasure” away all the accomplishments and cuteness of their child in a “baby” book.  It seems that Facebook has now become the dominate domain of these motherly treasures. I truly enjoy seeing parents delight in the blessings of their children. Imagine what Mary may have posted on Facebook about Jesus:

MARY:  “I AM PREGNANT! I haven’t given myself to Joseph.  An angel came to me and told me that I am going to give birth to the Son of God.  Isn’t this amazing! I am pregnant with the Messiah!”

We all would go, “Right, that is the most unusual excuse I have ever heard.  I wonder if she is going to wear white at the wedding ceremony.”

MARY:  “Guess who came to visit today – shepherds; a lot of shepherds.  They said that a bunch of angels appeared to them in the sky and told them that baby Jesus is the Savior, Christ the Lord!  BTW – be sure to make reservations before coming to Bethlehem.  They don’t have enough hotels.”

We all would go, “What caravan did they get tied into?  Those poor kids – listening to shepherds; I hope they are careful – that baby is going to get sick.  I wonder how long she is going to stick with this “I’m a virgin” story?”

MARY:  “We dedicated Jesus today. It was awesome.  Simeon and Anna both came over and gave special blessings over Jesus that made me marvel.  They said the Jesus is our redemption and salvation.”

We all would go, “She is probably exaggerating.  They said something similar for my boy – I can’t believe she thinks we’re foolish enough to buy that she was not sleeping with Joseph.”

MARY:  “We have lost Jesus! Please pray”

English: Holy Family: Mary, Joseph and child Jesus

English: Holy Family: Mary, Joseph and child Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MARY:  “We found Jesus today; thanks for all your prayers;  I was so scared.  We found him in the temple of all places. You will never guess what he was doing – sitting among the teachers of the temple.  They were all amazed at how knowledgable Jesus is.  He really is exceptional for his age. Only the Son of God could know the Scriptures like he does – we never taught him any of that.”

We all would go, “I am so glad they found him.  I am sure he is very bright; Joseph is a very intelligent craftsman.  Wow – she is still sticking with that virgin story. I have got to hand it to her – she is persistent.”

MARY:  “Jesus is the most submissive child ever.  He does whatever I ask him to do – on the first time I ask.  He is such a help to Joseph and I – he is the best son any mother has ever had.”

 We all would go, “O, yes he is very obedient.”

We are told that Mary treasured up these things in her heart.  I have always thought that Mary was doing what every mother does; the “treasuring” of all the childhood memories, cute sayings, special moments, and achievements of our children.  It goes by so fast that if we don’t treasure it away we will forget it. I thought that was what Mary was doing.

However, I think that Mary was doing something more. She would have remembered what the Angel told her. She knew how babies are made. Her son WAS different.  I think she was storing a more important kind of treasure.

Mary had a day coming when she would stand at the foot of the cross and watch her son die. I can only imagine her anguish and confusion. I wonder if that was the time when she went back to these treasures that she had stored up and made a withdrawal.

All of these wonders and miracles that she had seen were reassurances of who her son really was.  He really was that special – he really was what the angels said – he really was the Messiah – he really was my Savior!

I think that Mary’s example is for more than parenting.  I think Mary’s example of storing away treasures is an example for daily life.  We need to do the same thing.  We need to treasure away in our hearts all those lessons, blessings, answers to prayer, obvious fruit in our lives, manifestations of God’s goodness and faithfulness.  Everyone has a day in their future when your feet will get knocked out from under you.

What is going to reassure you when you are blinded by heartache and confusion? 

That is when we go back to what we know – the treasures that we have stored away; the scriptures that have spoken to us, the answers to prayer, the path that we have taken that shows the faithfulness of God.

We all need a store house of “treasures” of our Savior so that we can make a withdrawal in troubled times.

PRAYER: Jesus, Thank you for being as exceptional as the angels proclaimed.  Thank you for being everything that your mother Mary had treasured away.  Thank you for proving all that you taught the Disciples.  Thank you for being obedient to your Father and doing what you were sent into this world to do.  Thank you for saving me.  Lord, you have been so good to me.  Father, store those treasures in my heart.  Reassure my feeble faith; help me in my unbelief.  Remind me of your faithfulness when I need it most.  Amen


  1. It is amazing how slippery the human mind can be. We would enjoy all the sunshine and flowers and when the rain starts pouring, we soon forget that a bright season does exist.
    Thank you for this reminder to store up God’s word and faithfulness.

    • It is so very true that we have to be intentional with our own mind. So often, it is not our friend.
      God Bless!

  2. Good study!

    • Thanks; I hope they were an encouragement.
      God Bless!

  3. Great meditation! Thank you!

    • Thanks for visiting and the kind word.
      God Bless!

  4. Wonderful post!

    • Thank you; I am glad that you enjoyed it. I hope it was an encouragement.
      God Bless!

  5. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my most recent post. I enjoyed this post especially how you developed it as if it were on facebook and I am looking forward to seeing more. I will begin my store house now.

    • I really enjoy your blog; your photographs are excellent – so very colorful. I am glad that you enjoyed my post; I hope it was an encouragement.
      God Bless!

  6. Yes! Excellence again! I love the treasures of God’s word, love the life applications,.. that He highlights to us, and I also love the fact that we can write and giggle. I’m telling you, as I read through the possible facebook scene, way too funny and true! I’m so glad God has given us laughter along with the tears. I lost a baby to crib death many years ago. I had read some scripture, not much, being a new Believer at the time, and I know that in that time of grief, He reminded me of His truths. He let me know He was right there too. Like you, I cannot even imagine the pain in Mary as she watched her son on the cross. Thank you for sharing your heart! Well done, dad!

    • Amen! Thanks for your testimony to God’s faithfulness in time of great grief and suffering. He is so good to let us know that he is with us when we need him most.
      God Bless!

  7. Great post. Indeed we need that store of treasure and faith. One day we will inevitably need to make a withdrawl.

    • Amen!

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