19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
What was it Mary was treasuring… what was she pondering? This gift she gave Jesus on the first Christmas was… gratitude.
The Buffalo Bills (2-9) were in position to score and seal the game in their favor as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a pass into the waiting arms of receiver Stevie Johnson. Johnson however dropped the pass in the endzone. The turnover on downs led to a game winning 46-yard for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After the dropped catch, Johnson was inconsolable. “I had the game in my hands and I dropped it,” Johnson said. He added “He’ll never ever get over it. Ever.” Johnson didn’t stop at blaming himself for the drop, but he went to twitter to blame the All Mighty.
Johnson’s tweet read “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! (This was Via Twitter for iPad . One blogger wrote: Gosh Steve, I mean, He got you an ipad.)
Don’t adopt a “dropped pass” theology. Praising when the going’s great. Calling God out when it’s not. Think about it. Mary could have spent all her focus on an inconvenient census that made her take a trip to Bethlehem in her last trimester. She could have stewed in the bitterness, recalling each indifferent expression from the face of Bethlehem’s inn keepers. Each had turned them away. The scope of her vision could have not extended beyond the walls of the cave that kept cattle in which she had to give birth. Instead, this occasion was not one for complaining, but contemplating.
Mary’s heart was centered on the angels, the message of the shepherds, the Son of God she now cradled in her arms. Big things do come in small packages.
What will you give Jesus this Christmas? Gratitude… would be a great start.