For this version of the “Pastor’s Ponder” I would like to talk to you about…..pondering. Merriam-Webster defines “pondering” as “weighing something in the mind; to think about and reflect upon something quietly and deeply.” We ponder many things in life. Some of these things are rather trivial in nature, such as pondering what you might wear to a wedding or pondering what to make your company for supper.
But quite often in life we ponder things that are much more serious, important and meaningful…..items that relate to your faith and spirituality, your health or the health of a loved one, relationships, human suffering, and many more deep topics such as these. We weigh these things in our minds; we think about them and we reflect upon them deeply. “Ponder” is just one word but it has a very important purpose in our lives. When we ponder we allow our minds to reach out and consider grand possibilities…..we reflect upon what is right and what is wrong, and we try to find hope for lives that are often stressed and burdened.
Allow me to mention another topic that is also just one word, but one that also has a very important purpose…..and this word is “prayer.” Prayer is intimately connected with pondering. Whenever we have a deep and serious subject to reflect upon…..perhaps something that is bothering you or someone you love…..then all of your pondering should be connected to prayer. Once you have thought, reflected, and turned things over in your mind through pondering, it is time to turn these things over to God in prayer.
“And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5: 14) It is so comforting to know that in all of our pondering, worrying and stressing, God walks with us and hears our prayers. So, whatever you happen to be pondering…..whatever is on your mind and in your heart, take it to God in prayer, and you will be very glad you did!
May the peace of God wash over you all!