“His mother kept on pondering all these things in her heart…”
The word translated “pondered” in Luke 2:50-52 is fascinating. It is a rare word in the Greek scriptures, and it seems to indicate a very careful and thoughtful guarding—in this case of historical events which are yet to fully reveal their implications. Also, the Greek imperfect tense used here seems to indicate that this was an ongoing, far-from-completed process.
So, we seem to have Mary taking seriously what she sees happening, yet she is honest and humble enough to know that she really cannot sort out the full meaning nor the full trajectory of what God is doing in her life and in the life of her son. I find a lot of comfort in knowing that one of the most faithful people ever to live—Mary—really could not figure out the full meaning and implications of what God was and was not doing during a scary and confusing event.
Perhaps that is one of the most important parts of genuine faithfulness—knowing God is involved, but being humble enough and trusting enough to know that you really don’t see where it is all going, or what it all means. (more…)