Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mary, Did You Know?

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34-35)

As I was decorating my Christmas tree last weekend, I thought about the Christmas story and its characters, and who in this cast of characters I identified with most.  I'd have to say it is Mary.  Not that I did anything as amazing as giving birth to the Savior of the world, but in the fact that like Mary, I am just ordinary.  There isn't anything spectacular about the life I have lived, I am not famous or royalty or tremendously beautiful.  I just love Jesus and because of that, God gave me the amazing chance to love someone like Isaac, who would be in my life for a short time but would change it dramatically and then leave me through death.

Many people love the Christmas song "Mary, Did You Know" and I found myself thinking about her and wondering really, and truly - did she know?   Not if she knew of all the miraculous things this song asks about, I wondered - did she knew He would die?

I wonder if Mary knew, or at least had a small suspicion that Jesus wasn't going to be around for a long time.  I wonder if she, like me, asked in her mind but never spoke out loud the question - "How long will I have this precious person in my life?"  I wonder if she, like me, got frustrated with Jesus when he was a little boy, but stopped herself with the thought of "He's not going to be here long, I don't have time to waste getting mad at Him."  Did she pray to God and ask Him not to take this person she loved so deeply?  Did she offer herself up in His place if He'd only spare Jesus from the pain?

And after Jesus died, did she know deep in the very depths of her soul that He had fulfilled His purpose?  Did she cry tears of sadness, but at the same time feel a sense of peace only God can give in knowing that Jesus was in Heaven where He belonged?  Did Mary think to herself that no matter how much she missed Him so, it would be selfish to wish He was back on earth?  Did she know that no matter how much it hurt to lose Him, it was all part of God's plan and that meant it was good?

Did she know?



  1. Wonderful post! Happy Word-filled Wednesday!

  2. I've often thought the same things when listening to this wonderful song...great post.