Readings: Proverbs 3:5-6, Acts 16:6-10, Luke 1:26-38
Expectation
This week’s sermon on the Shea Campus is about Mary and Joseph. We can imagine the expectation they felt as they moved around where the Lord guided them during Jesus’ life. They must have felt Father God expected much of them, too. Raising the Messiah? No pressure! One way Mary held up under pressure is told in Luke 2:19, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” I treasure things up in my heart and think about them often. I have to treasure up the right things though – the great mercies the Lord has shown my family, the ways He protects and blesses us, the beauty He shows me each day, His constant love and forgiveness, His wonderful Word. If I dwell on a worldly treasure or an unsolvable problem, my heart doesn’t feel so good. Consequently, the pressure goes up, physically and mentally. For a natural worrier like me, positive and holy thinking has taken life-long mental vigilance and practice. Just when I think I’m getting pretty good at it, something hits my heart again. I have to ask God to redirect my thoughts and give me peace. He is good and faithful, always, while the battle can be challenging, always. Great news – we can expect to win through Christ! What are you treasuring up in your heart today? Blessings to you as you expect good things and treasure Jesus, Tracy