It has been a while since I posted anything, and life marches on even if there isn't as much time to ponder. This picture is of modern-day Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born. Pondering involves 'chewing' on a thought or a subject to understand it better. In an era when so much information is transmitted, it can be difficult to slow things down and ponder. In order to really understand something, however, it requires some pondering to 'digest' it, since all truth is connected.
Then, there are times when pondering would mean facing ourselves and our mistakes/rebellions/foolishness. These are the times when escaping into a flurry of busyness postpones the inevitable, maybe even making it more painful when it does come. Perhaps there are a couple of things that can help us to avoid running from ourselves.
I think it helps to know that there really is nothing new under the sun. We're not the only ones to struggle, especially because there are quite a few other persons in the world wrestling with their human natures. Just like children, we tend to think we're very unique, and it's true to a degree, but each of us shouldn't expect to be taking the world by surprise, much less God.
Most importantly, it is important to understand that there is a Creator, and that He is our loving Father. An understanding of who our Father is, now that is a great subject to ponder. He is completely deserving of all honor and gratitude and praise and glory and worship we can perform. And the greatest form of worship is emulation.