The pace of modern day living (or is it post-modern living?) is great.
It seems to accelerate with each passing day.
When we factor-in the fact that we are all inescapably getting older, this increase of pace is not always welcome.
When we reach a certain age, we become resentful of the increased pace, and simply don’t want to keep up with it.
Staying abreast of all IT developments, becomes boring to those of a certain age. We don’t want to know anymore. Our curiosity has wained.
And unless needing to know the recent developments for our job, we run out of interest and enthusiasm.
But of course I must be fair, and add: ‘personally speaking’ 😎!
In contrast many folks just love the latest gadgets and updates and new discoveries. They can’t wait to engage the cogs of their brain in the latest advancements.
And that’s fine – ‘whatever floats your boat’.
Maybe I’m not so much a ‘technophobe’, as a ‘techno-slob’, ie too lazy to find out the latest.
But my main point in this piece, is the fact that speed sometimes because of greed, calls for mental gymnastics and involvement in business and busy-ness – and robs us of contemplation that may lead to something much more rewarding.
Luke 2/18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
Mary had acquired supernatural angelic insight – not directly from the angels, but from the message communicated by a bunch of shepherds. Just like you and I are – in this post.
She had no reason to doubt this news that they brought, simply because she knew about encountering angels herself, and she knew about how special the child was – to whom she had given birth.
But notice what she did with this and no doubt with all that had been revealed to her: she…pondered them in her heart.
Are we too busy to ponder? Especially things of tremendous import? Are we so caught up with the pace of daily living that no time is left to ponder our destiny?
There are some, if not many, blogs that address Christians. Which is fine.
How can this blog address everyone and anyone, in spiritual terms?
Since the spiritual terms are a learnt language only those who have experienced them can truly or fully – understand.
Just like Mary she had previous spiritual experiences of truth given directly from God. And was able to receive and ponder, the shepherds revelations.
So we find then a spiritual principle, if, having received spiritual revelation, it is followed by meditation (pondering), our understanding of what we have received – will increase.
But here is the good news – the reverse is also true – as we ponder the scriptures – revelation, or greater revelation – is given as a result!
In other words it works both ways.
Now all we need is for you and I to mentally slow down, and give enough time to the pondering meditations that bring us to the life of Christ’s revelation.
Jesus speaks to Peter:
Matthew 16/17 – Then Jesus answered him, “Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, favoured by God] are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood (mortal man) did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.