God's Plan Hidden
in our Mother Heart
Mary, the mother of Jesus, had glimpses of her child, hidden in her heart. I’d like to look now, at her as an example of a mother who knew God’s purposes for her child.
Mary had some incredible things happen to her:
- An Angel appeared to her and told her she was to give birth to the Son of God
- An Angel appeared to her fiancé and told him that Mary had conceived by the Holy Spirit and the Angel also told Joseph the baby’s name
- Mary and Joseph were married – I believe they must have talked of these amazing things
- Then the Shepherds visited and told Mary what the Angels had said of her baby – that he was Saviour, Christ the Lord
- Then Simeon prophesied over the baby
- Then Joseph had more dreams, which gave him direction and saved their child from being killed
When the angel visited Mary she asked, “How can this be” and the angel gave her an answer. Mary’s heart was towards God. In accepting God’s plan for her she was risking her reputation, even her proposed marriage at that stage was at risk. What a place for a young girl to be at. Yet she had the faith to believe in her God.
Do we? When God tells us something are we prepared to risk our reputation? Are we prepared to go out on a limb because God has told us something about our child?
When the Shepherds came to visit they were just agog with the things the Angels had told them. That the child that was born that night in the city of David, was the Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. They shared it with Mary and Joseph. Luke 2:19 tells us that “Mary kept all these things and pondered on them in her heart.” A little more of God’s purpose was revealed to Mary that night. She kept them in her heart and pondered on them.
I believe that is a key for us as mothers.
As we seek God to find out
who our children are,
we are to keep those thoughts
in our hearts and ponder on them.
The story continues:
Then Simeon sees God’s salvation when he sees baby Jesus – Luke 2:25-35. As Simeon blesses the baby, as was the custom, he says some things that would leave the Mother, Mary, with some pretty heart wrenching comments. He said, “A sword shall pierce your soul, for this child shall be rejected by many in Israel and this to their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy of many others. And the deepest thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed”
And then along comes Anna who was also a godly woman, a prophetess and she confirmed the things that Simeon had said by declaring that the Saviour had been born.
The Bible just says that they finished their worship; they finished at the temple and went home. The next thing the Bible says is that Jesus grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Then we read of Jesus at 12; we know the story – his family has gone to the temple and he gets left behind once they all start travelling back home. At 12 years of age the boys could question and be questioned by the Rabbi in preparation for Bar mitzvah, which was at 13. Regardless of how well Jesus spoke, how well he understood the scriptures, he was still Mary and Joseph’s boy and they were concerned that he wasn’t with them.
Jesus said to his parents, he took them to task in a sense, “Did you not know I must be about my Father’s business”. Mary and Joseph did not understand yet Mary hid these things once again, in her heart.
I believe Mary and Joseph were good, successful parents. They would have had the same philosophy and desired the same outcomes as any parent. What affect did these wonderful events have on them? As they set out to
train up their child
in the way He should go – How did they fathom His way? These amazing events and words kept in Mary’s heart must have influenced and motivated them to teach and to train Jesus.
They may not have understood and they may have got it wrong (most Jews would have expected the Saviour to be a warrior king and therefore being in the temple doing my father’s business was out of whack!) But… they had trained his spirit, mind and body and he grew in favour with God and men.
- Do we have the way of our child hidden in our hearts?
- Has God revealed secrets about His plans for our children?
Are we training them so they will be well equipped for all that their lives
are and will become?
The things that I am encouraged by when I look at Mary as a mother:
- She was prepared to loose her reputation over God’s plan for her child. Imagine what people would think of me if I said an Angel told me this about my child! God may ask me to do something that is different, not the normal way of things, in order to train my child. Am I prepared to lose my reputation to go with God’s plan?
- She didn’t understand what was being said to her. We have to remember that Mary, along with all the Jews of that day, were waiting for a redeemer saviour. That wasn’t an amazing concept as much as the fact that he wasn’t a warrior. How did Mary’s own preconceived ideas affect her understanding of what God was really saying?Am I prepared to lay down my preconceived ideas of what my child’s life is to look like? My preconceived ideas of the things I am to train him in?
- Mary and Joseph got it “wrong” at one point. When they were concerned over Jesus being lost in the temple – they must have been overcome with natural anxiety that overruled what they knew about their child. I can be encouraged that their reaction to their circumstances within their understanding had absolutely no effect on Jesus’ life ministry.Do I hold back out of fear of getting it wrong?
So I encourage you today, to seek God, listen to what He has to say to you and I believe He will show you things that you can hide in your Mother heart for your children. The outworking of these secrets in your heart is that you will know the direction to train your children in and know that they will not depart from the purpose God has for them.
Disclaimer: I believe this is the same for Fathers, I just speak to more mums!
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