What To Think

What To Think

19 September 2009


His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son!” his mother said to him. “Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” (Luke 2:48 NLT)

Joseph and Mary, Jesus’ parents, had been visited by angels, had heard the story of the shepherds’ encounter with a sky-full of heavenly beings, had heard Simeon’s prophecy about Jesus, had been visited by astrologers from an eastern country, and had been warned by an angel to go to Egypt for a season.

Now in Jesus’ twelfth year, they found him in the Temple in dialog with the greatest religious minds of the time, seemingly oblivious to time and circumstance. They wondered at his reply, “Why did you need to search for me? You should have known I would be in my Father’s house.”

They had experienced some pretty spiritual and inspiring things in connection with the birth and life of their son Jesus. Yet in the ordinariness of everyday living they had pretty much forgotten all that and expected life to go on as usual.

It is so easy to forget divine encounters, “mountain-top” experiences, words from the Lord, commitments I’ve made, purposes I have followed. In the ordinariness of daily life, these things seem to fade into the background and are easily forgotten. Not “forgotten” in the sense of not remembering that they happened, but “forgotten” in the sense that I let them fade and no longer factor them into my daily life process.

I need to be reminded of these important experiences and mile-posts. I need to build into my life-practices some way of reviewing and remembering and checking to see where these things fit in an ordinary life.


Father, I don’t want to miss the divine encounters of each season of my life. I don’t want to miss the past significance and present application of previous encounters. I don’t want to let ordinariness and routine obscure the divine and the significant. I purpose to stir myself by daily time in your word, by meditating and journaling, by prayer and worship, and by asking the questions appropriate to the season. Please prompt me and remind me as necessary. I don’t want to miss anything! Amen.

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