The Christmas story overflows with colorful characters—angelic beings, rough and tumble shepherds, pregnant-in-old-age Elisabeth, doubting Zechariah—but a simple Jewish girl outshines them all.
Consider Mary. I imagine like every other girl of her time, she expected to marry a good Jewish boy, make a home with him, and raise his children—until God changed her plans. Well, He didn’t exactly change them. He just tweaked them in such a way that brought scandal, gossip, and rejection by her betrothed. However, Luke records no angry words from Mary.
Mary endured an arduous journey right before her delivery and bore her son in poverty—without any of the perks royalty might expect. However, Luke attributes no bitter words to her.
Soon after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph had to flee for his life. Their child’s destiny became entangled with the ambitions of ruthless and powerful men. However, we find no words of fear, regret, or blame either in Luke or Matthew.
Mary was too busy raising her voice in a song of praise to complain. And twice Luke records that instead of speaking, Mary pondered. Luke 2:19 & 51 show us that she treasured all that she was experiencing in her heart.
What made Mary so special lay deep within her. She cultivated an intimacy with God that immunized her heart.
- An immunized heart is unresponsive to insults.
- An immunized heart is no longer susceptible to the ravages of fear.
- An immunized heart cannot harbor bitterness.
- An immunized heart returns love for hate or apathy.
I read recently that “an unloved woman cannot love well.” Our communion with God is our time to be loved by Him. And His love is what immunizes our hearts against the things that would damage it.
In this way, we can deal with whatever life brings and remain strong without becoming hardened.
****What about you, friend? Are the many important things you’re busy with draining your heart? Are you feeling exhausted and empty? Leave a comment, and I promise to pray for you. Or are you immunized? If so, what are some habits you’ve built into your life to help carve out time for God? Do you have a heart-healthy verse to share with us?
For more on Mary’s Song of Praise, read this excellent Bible study post by Liz Curtis Higgs!
Heart-Healthy Living, part one:Trusting God with our hearts
Heart-Healthy Living, step two: Make an appointment for heartbreak
Photo Backstory: I couldn’t resist posting another adorable pic from our school’s Christmas pageant. This one features the daughter of a dear former student. What a blessing to have the children of my students in our school. Hopefully, I’ll be around long enough to teach this little one when she makes it to junior high!
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