Wring it out
'But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.' Luke 2:19 NIV
After thoroughly washing their clothes, the old timers would wring as much water out of them as possible so they would dry quickly. There's a lesson there: growing in character and maturity calls for more than just letting life happen; it calls for wringing the wisdom out of each experience by asking, 'What's the lesson here? What could have been done differently?'
Wisdom asks, 'Where does this lead? What are the possible consequences?' Wise people realise that what they do today affects tomorrow. Talk to people whose lives are lived purely on the surface and ask, 'Have you thought about...?' No, they haven't. 'What do you think this will do to...?' They have no idea. 'Have you ever asked yourself what God may want...?' Never thought of that.
'But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart' (Luke 2:19 NIV). Jesus' mother Mary was no fool. She took time to consider events and test them for insight and understanding. This meant that her words and actions would have real substance in the future. After Jesus was born, her family would have to flee from Herod's thugs and spend years living in exile in Egypt. All of this would demand courage, depth of spirit, and trust in the purposes of God.
So what now? Take time to 'wring out' the wisdom of events that happen in your day-to-day life. It's for your own benefit and you'll bring glory to God in your future decision making.
Soulfood: Mic 5-7, Mark 13:12-23, Ps 19, Prov 24:19-22