Our son, Isiah, turned 11 this week. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I’m old enough to have a kid that’s 11 years old, the time goes by so quickly. One of the things I remember people saying to us before having our first was, “They grow up so quickly, enjoy every moment.” I just shook my head in agreement, not fully aware of how mind bogglingly correct that statement would be. Those words of wisdom people depart to new parents, but they can’t appreciate them until it’s happening.
Anyways, we enjoyed having some of his friends over for some outdoor shenanigans and a hotdog roast Friday after school. They had a fabulous time, and barely stopped long enough to eat…I don’t think they even roasted their hotdogs long enough to be luke-warm! They played hard, and giggled (yes, our 11-year-old boy giggles) until parents retrieved them. The time went so fast, and they made the most out of every second.
I watched as they ran from the whiffle ball field to the basketball court (aka, gravel driveway) then on to the hay bales. As they ran and played on the hay bales, I remembered Mary and the events surrounding her son, Jesus’s birth.
“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 (ESV)
This scripture about Mary treasuring up all these special things about her son struck me a few weeks back when I began reading the book of Luke. There are two places in Luke 2 where Mary “treasured up” moments. As a mom, I wish we could bottle up all the special moments with our children. A bottle that could be opened and re-lived at any moment. We may not have a magic bottle, but we do have the ability to treasure them up in our heart.
Our heart is that magical place with infinite space. A treasure trove, waiting to be filled, placed within us by our Creator. For the keeping and pondering of special moments. I want to encourage you to go and read one of these special moments for Mary, with the short story in Luke 2:41-52 about Jesus as a young boy. He gets left behind, only to be found teaching in the temple.
I watched those young men running on the hay bales and prayed that God would help me to treasure up that moment in time, deep within my heart. Much like Mary and Joseph, who were astonished to find Jesus teaching, I am astonished to witness our son growing into an amazing young man. It’s an honor to be entrusted with him, from the Father, to love and raise him.
Along with reading Luke 2:41-52, I want to challenge you to take a moment to ponder what that would have been like for Mary. What moments are you needing to keep safe in that treasure trove of your heart? And treasure up that time with the Lord, put it deep into your heart, it will not return void. I pray that you too, treasure up the precious and holy moments of this life. What a gift.