Years ago, a hope chest was used by young ladies to store up items for their future married life. They would lovingly place things in them, eagerly awaiting, preparing, and dreaming of the days they would need them.
Are you storing up any hopeful things?
Luke 2:19 is such a small little verse of only one sentence, but is packed full of Words of Promise!
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” NIV
“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart.” KJV
What must Mary have been thinking and feeling?
This verse is after Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Shepherds saw and heard the Angels, and they visited Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to see the new-born King. According to the Greek meanings of this verse, Mary preserved within her every spoken word that accompanied Jesus’ birth.
She humbly packed in her mental “hope chest” the words spoken by the Angel of the LORD who visited with her, all those months ago, to tell her of God’s plan for her to birth this Special Son, Jesus. “Mary, you have found favor with God” “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High”
She lovingly stored up the Spirit filled words of her relative Elizabeth whose baby, John, leapt in her womb when Mary greeted her… “Blessed are you among women, blessed is the child you will bear!”
Oh, yes and now she could excitedly add all the glorious details the dear Shepherds delivered of Angels! Actual Angels spoke to them of her own child and said “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
They said that my son is “Christ the Lord”! They said the glory of the LORD shone around the angels! Can you imagine?! And a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel praising God! What must have that looked like? All for the birth of my Jesus!
She tucked away every precious word in her heart that not one word would ever perish.
I know God is speaking to you, and that you have had encounters with Him to treasure. Treasures they surely are, every word, and His Hope for you is that you will put them in your “Hope Chest”, eagerly awaiting and preparing for the day your faith will be your eyes and you will see them fulfilled!
Let’s take a page from Mary’s life and store up God’s words of hope!
Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who has believed that what the LORD has said to her will be accomplished!”