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"Pondering the Work of God"

December 29, 2003

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But Mary … pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

As Mary considered the working of God surrounding the birth of His Son, she took time to ponder His work in her life and for the world.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 30
Monday was still a work holiday for Bill. He sat down with his morning coffee and began to reflect on all that had happened the past month.

He thought about the “Advent Challenge” and remembered how he wasn’t sure if he knew anybody who needed Jesus for Christmas. He considered all his fears about witnessing and how his attitude had changed. He contemplated the overwhelming love of God for him and all people.

He realized he had not really known Chuck a month ago. Now he considers him a friend, even though Chuck does not know Jesus as Savior, or come to church. He was amazed at the opportunities that seemed to unfold in front of his eyes to talk about God and His love.

He thought, “It’s been an incredible month. God is so amazing.” It was a good time of pondering and reflection in the quiet time of a new day. Bill was inspired by what God had done and was doing. He realized that now he had even more to witness about Jesus.

The quiet was broken by Julie’s voice, “Honey, when do you want to leave for the mall to exchange our Christmas presents?!?”

REALITY JOURNEY
In the mission of witness in your life, take time to ponder what God has done and is doing. Looking back affirms the working of His hand and prepares you for further witness as you talk about the “things you have seen and heard.”

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that God would enable you to see the works of His hands, so you can ponder His goodness in Christ and prepare for your witness of Him in the future.

Today's Bible Readings: Nehemiah 12-13    Revelation 20

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