The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
(Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV)
There’s a Christmas song that I like to listen to every year…It’s called, “Mary, Did You Know?” The song is a series of questions about Jesus – “Mary did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water? Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?” And while we never hear Mary’s answer anywhere in the song, it’s most likely that even she didn’t know what being the mother of the Saviour would entail because she was too focused on the precious Baby Boy who lay in her arms.
Every one of us, especially those with children, can become preoccupied with their children’s future – who they will be, what they will become. But I love today’s Scripture which says that God will not reveal more to us than we need to know. So often we become so concerned about the future that we miss out on the present.
But I’m sure Mary didn’t. She was a ponderer, not a worrier. The Bible says that “Mary treasured up all these things [that were being said about Jesus] and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Mary trusted God’s plan and lived her life one day at a time. We can learn from her example and appreciate the Present.