Do you know what it means to ponder? I guess it’s an old fashioned word, but according to the two dictionaries I looked at, ponder has a much deeper meaning than just to think about something,
Ponder: to weigh in the mind; consider or examine carefully; to meditate; to reflect seriously; to think upon.
We think about people and circumstances all the time, and that can be beneficial or not. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “stinkin’ thinkin'”. Even the Bible says “as a man thinks, so is he.” (Psalm 23:7 KJV)
Philippians 4:13 says; whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable….if anything is excellent or praiseworthy….think on these things. That certainly is a good way to govern our thinking and speaking.
However, to ponder is to go much deeper…..kind of like meditation, which I have written about before. As a cow chews the cud, swallows it, brings it up again several times before taking it in for total nourishment. That cow, or other cud chewing animal, is taking in a little bit of nourishment each time she swallows the juice or cud before she completes the “ponder, or meditation” with a swallowing of the whole.
I think we can ponder a subject, even the same one, our entire lives. And if you have a one on one relationship with you Creator, pondering can be a way of communication or prayer with Him.
Imagine what Mary, the mother of Jesus, was pondering.( Luke 2:19) What an awesome responsibility she had to carry in her womb the Son of God and to nurture Him as a child to adulthood, and to know what He was going to go through to save the world. That goes beyond my human understanding, and is one of those “God Things” I accept by faith! There’s no way to figure out how God did that…..but I believe!
All I want you to receive from this writing today is to allow yourself TIME TO PONDER the works of God….not just His creation but also His work in human hearts and lives. It’s OK to sit quietly and look at God’s Creation, or to consider or examine carefully a matter, asking Him for wisdom so you see clearly the way to proceed.
Join me this week in reading the 111th Psalm, and ponder His works! Ponder what He is doing in your heart and life, or in that of a friend or a family member…….in a situation that seemed impossible, and yet God is turning it around for good, as He promised. It’s always amazing to me to look back and see why God “did it His way” and not my way!!!
When you ponder the works of God, you will feel like weeping, laughing, shouting, or praising Him. When you ponder His works, He will speak truth to you!!!