"But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19
I can only imagine the depth and width of things the mother of God had to ponder, but I want to follow her example.
That's the purpose of this post.
I want to remember.
This morning I was wakened by wiggling at the foot of my bed.
Prying my eyes in the dim morning light I noted that Clayton was trying to make himself comfortable with a pillow and blanket on top of my quilt.
Quietly I suggested that he cozy back into his own bed for the remainder of the dawn.
He collected his bedding and with head hung, slid off.
My eyes once again shut, I felt the whisper of his breath near my face.
Head near mine he asked,
"Can you pray for Bryce, that God will protect his spirit?"
Suddenly alert. I assumed that this was inspired by his dreams but I didn't question.
I pulled him into bed and drew him close.
Then I prayed for Bryce, believing well it could be important beyond my comprehension or understanding.
I prayed that the Lord God would protect his spirit;
his mind, heart, and body too.
I also prayed for his big brother.
And when I was done praying out loud, silent prayers continued to pour forth.
Then, we slept.
Later this morning I asked Clayton if he had a bad dream.
"Yes." He replied,
"I dreamed that Zachary fell off the upstairs porch...
and I dreamed that an evil snake was trying to get into Bryce's heart and tell him terrible things."
You can chalk it up to the subconscious, but I know better.
There is a realm we do not see with our eyes, but at times our other senses detect it.
I don't understand it, but I believe it.
Clayton has a heart that's profoundly sensitive to spiritual things.
I'm so glad he didn't dismiss his discomfort.
I'm thankful he wanted to pray for Bryce.
I could learn a thing or two.
Bryce will likely benefit from Clay's prayers in ways he'll never know.
What a privilege to have a brother praying for him already!
This was a good opportunity to talk about listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit;
to pray for those the Lord puts on our heart just out of the blue;
and to bring every concern before the Throne of God. He will wage war on our behalf;
He is faithful, and knows all about that "other" realm to which we are blind.
Lots to think about;
And so I do like Mary
and tuck this tidbit away in the recesses of my heart.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world.
Against spiritual wickedness in high places."