Reading Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
S.O.A.P. Scripture: Luke 2: 19-20
Scripture: Luke 2:19-20 (MSG Translation)
Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!
I expanded today’s S.O.A.P. reading because I liked the contrast between Mary’s silent pondering and the shepherds joyful praising. Mary stored up these things to hold dear and treasure. While the shepherds told everyone as they returned praising and glorifying God.
This contrast in behavior (shepherds vs. Mary) reminds me that we all go through different seasons in our lives, and that it is ok! There are times that I feel like shouting at the top of my lungs how great our God is. But others when I feel him so close and intimate that I want to store it up and hold it deep inside myself. It isn’t that I don’t want to testify about his grace and power. I just feel him speaking to me differently than usual.
We are always called to testify and proclaim God’s greatness. But sometimes we are to be silent and hear his still small voice. To store it up like a treasure and wait for the chosen time to share.
This contrast reminds me of the changing of seasons, both in physical and spiritual senses. Just as our climate goes through the cycle of life, so do we. Sometimes we are on a spiritual high, sometimes we are experiencing such great sadness. Sometimes we have words and others we are silent. Never the less we are still serving a God who is powerful, loving and active. He is always there beside us and will never leave us or forsake us even when things get hard. I praise Him for that! I have felt him closer than I ever have before at some of my lowest and highest times. But I am always reminded that it is ok to feel both as long as we are still praising him even if it is in our silence!
For extra reading, I encourage Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. What “time” are you currently experiencing? Are you giving God praise and glory no matter what season you are in?
Lord, I praise you! I glorify you! You are the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and The End. Every season that we go through in life you are with us. You never leave us! I thank you for that. Help me know when you are calling me to silence and when you are calling me to shouting. Help me to find your words even in the darkest hours. Help me to be always be a reflection of your love to those around me. Amen