Sunday, May 12, 2019

Matthew 2:11 -- On Wonder and Purpose

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
Matthew 2:11

There isn't anything in the scriptures that tells us how fast Jesus matured as a child, but I'm guessing because of the age of the children that Herod had killed that this event had more of an impact on Mary than it did on Christ's childhood.  Like she did with the message of the shepherds, I am guessing that "Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19).  I can't really imagine what it would be like, watching Christ's life unfold and trying to understand all of it.  Full of wonder, but also challenging, certainly.

I know that our lives are significantly different than Mary's, but perhaps they are the same in one important way... each of us has a work to do that is vastly important to our Father in Heaven.  We are entrusted with helping his children grow and learn... no matter our job or role, we all have an impact and a mission that God wants us to accomplish. 

Today, let's think about the lives that we impact, and let's take that responsibility seriously, making sure that we are helping and not harming others, and also that we are keeping a dialogue going with God about how things are going, and what he wants us to do.  As we do, I think that we will find a lot of amazing, wondrous, and also challenging things just as Mary did.  And like her, even in times of sadness and loss, we can know that our purpose here is worthwhile and important.

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