2015-04-20 - What Would Mary Say?
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22)
Jesus wasn’t the type of boy to run off. Every year as a family, Joseph, Jesus and I attended the Passover celebration in Jerusalem. The pilgrimage was a yearly feast to recall when the death angel passed over the Jews’ lives in Egypt and spared them. (Exodus 12:21-28)
On our way back home to Nazareth, Jesus was not with Joseph and me. Jesus stayed in Jerusalem without saying a word to anyone, not even us, His parents. We assumed He was traveling with friends or relatives. Joseph and I were terrified when we could not find Him, as any parents would be. We headed back to Jerusalem to look for Jesus. Our minds raced to think the worst possible scenario. Imagine the panic, blame, fear, and frustration of losing your son.
Top it off, if He was Jesus. You know, the One who was to rule over Israel. (see Luke 1:32) It took three long days to find our son. There Jesus was, in the temple, talking with the teachers. He was not the average 12-year-old.
I was beside myself. I asked Jesus why He put His father and me through this. Jesus did not understand our worry, or the need to keep us abreast of His itinerary. Jesus wondered why we wouldn’t think to look for Him in the temple, His Father’s house. It did not occur to me. I saw Him as a youngster, not the Son of God. As a mother, I had a lot to learn.
Lord, Show me how to give You control, and may I gladly let go of the reins. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.