I have an issue...
Okay, I have many issues being human and all. But this is a biggie for me, maybe it is for you too?
I have this tendency to get sucked into things that aren't mine to own. Other people's anger, fear, arguments, worries, and even their conflict. It's kind of my own personal oxymoron because for the most part I studiously avoid conflict, but when confronted with it- even if I DO nothing about it and don't participate in it- it will still eat away at me.
Seriously, an argument between two other people, utterly and completely separate from me, will bother me enough to keep me up at night. And you do not even want to know what I'm like if I was actually involved in anyway...
Yeah, I'm working on it.
Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?
But this issue is why the verse in my devotional JUMPED OUT AT ME this morning. And honestly, this is a verse I have heard or read literally hundreds of times in my lifetime. Why did I see it in such a different light today? Probably because I needed it so much.
All that changed from the hundreds of times I have read it before was one word.
One overlooked word that made all the difference today.
One little word.
A word that when said in isolation in any elementary classroom will make all of the children giggle.
"But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." Luke 2:19
That one word suggests Mary made a choice that countered in some way the reactions of those around her.
Instead... Rather than... In contrast... Despite that... Whereas... Even so...
Whatever chaos, or excitement, or confusion, or general hoopla was swirling around her... Mary opted for silence. She chose to be still. She took time to listen to the voice in her heart.
She didn't react, she responded from the deepest, truest part of her soul.
And her response was to be quiet.
It wasn't cowardly inaction. It wasn't a failure to DO SOMETHING.
It was wisdom in its purest form.
And something tells me that what she gained by doing "nothing"...was peace.
Let it be so.