The story of Jesus’ birth in the book of Luke has a little phrase that runs throughout it. It is captured in Mary’s praise to God and in her awe in worship:
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
Mary was in a situation that was stressful, to say the least. She was pregnant and unmarried. Her husband was in a position that typically would lead to him divorcing her. Her community saw her as a slut and to top it all off, the King was after them to kill Jesus. The birth of Jesus is surrounded by chaos, stress and fear. If you can a moment to read over the accounts in the Bible of the Christmas story, notice the dichotomy between the dire situations and struggles of Mary and Joseph and the praises of those who understood what all this meant for God’s people. Isn’t that interesting? Standing in stark contrast are those who either actively tried to kill Jesus (King Herod) or were indifferent, versus those who knew what His birth meant and praised God.
The Messiah had come!
Mary, Joseph, Zechariah, the prophetess Anna, the prophet Simon… they all praised God for what had happened and because they knew what this meant for God’s people. For most, the day of Jesus’ birth was just another normal day, but for these people who understood the event's significance, it was the best news that could have ever been delivered.
We live in a time of chaos. Stress. Frenzy. We live in a time where we think it is noble and good to be crazed and “maxed-out” around Christmas, because that is what Christmas brings. And here’s the thing… we can’t necessarily get away from the crazy. Here at Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, our dancers are rehearsing right now for The Carpenter’s Son and it’s absolutely busy! Some are here at the studios six days a week, dancing hours and hours to perfect the ballet that the audience will come see in just over a week.
Interestingly, the Bible story of Christmas is also filled with frenzy… we see Mary and Joseph facing and dealing with the stress and opposition at every turn. But the miracle of it? Notice how Mary and Joseph stop to pause, reflect and “treasure up things in their hearts” despite all they were dealing with.
Will you commit to pause this Christmas season?
I am not asking you to stop altogether. I cannot expect the stress to disappear. What I am asking you to do is notice. Remember. Realize that Christmas means Salvation. Our Messiah has come. Spend time reflecting… you’ll be glad you did. Treasure these things up in your heart.
This posts' author, Rachel Hargis, is a former ballet dancer and graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Woman's Ministry. Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts students are most likely to see Ms. Rachel on Monday nights, when she works as part of the Front Desk Team.