Photo Journal: Thoughts on Luke 2:19 head or heart?


Last Sunday after a few very busy weeks I did not go to church and instead I drove out with a Bible, journal and camera and spend some time alone while picking up my son in Cheviot. The route:  Christchurch-Kaiapoi-Amberley-WaiparaWaikariHurunuiCulverden-Rotterham via Mouse Point- Rotterham-Waiau-via Leader Road to Parnassus-Cheviot. Cheviot- Greta Valley -detour up and down to Motunau Beach-Amberley-Kaiapoi-Christchurch.

Amazing scenery that day.

In Balmoral  Forest I stopped for some lunch that I had picked up earlier. Sitting in the back of the truck eating and enjoying my coffee I opened my Bible and Journal. Luke 2: 18, 19 seemed to stick out particularly.

19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 NIV

Now that stuck out to me because as I understood it pondering was something more of a head matter. In the Merriam-Webster it says:

ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter <pondered the course of action>.

It seemed to indicate a head matter. Yet, Mary pondered with her heart? It reminded me of something Santana said before one of the songs during a concert.

If we take the time to see with the heart and not with the mind, we shall see that we are surrounded completely by angels.

Again the heart prevails over the normal sensory course. Maybe there is something there? Could it maybe be that the eyes, the ears, the mind provide order to our sensations whereas it is the heart that gives it meaning, truth.
Is it not coincidental that the heart is as the one place in our body that is associated with love. We speak of knuckle heads the Bible of hardened hearts.

The heart as the place where connect knowledge and meaning, purpose, God‘s purpose by the guidance of the Spirit, the place from where the Spirit speaks, the heart as the pathway to wisdom, the truth about everything and anything, ourselves included.

Lunch turned out to be satisfactory in more than one sense and with a smile on my face I proceeded. Further down the road I was sure God was smiling back to me. Something to further explore and try on my journey of life.

7 thoughts on “Photo Journal: Thoughts on Luke 2:19 head or heart?

  1. Hello John,

    You have a beautiful blog! Your pictures are fantastic! I appreciate you linking to my blog. I believe those who read your blog, will find your post to be very insightful as well as thought-provoking. God bless you!

    Paulette

  2. Hi John,

    I want you to know that I noticed you had written a comment on my blog. I found it once again in spam. Unfortunately, this time around I was unable to retrieve it. Wanted you to know that I appreciated you commenting. I’m not sure why each time you contact my blog, it is sent to span. Just wanted you to know why your comment was not in my comment stream. God bless you!

    Paulette

  3. Thank you for your wonderful description of Luke 2:19. That exact scripture jumped off the page at me just this morning. You are truly being used by God. I read a few of your other things also and I love your photos! 🙂

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