Let’s get straight it. I’ve read Luke 2:41-52
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Prior to being a parent I thought well Mary, don’t you know who you are raising. He has to be about Gods business. Also, how could you not know your child wasn’t with you for half a day? Clearly very judgmental and thinking without the lens of being an actual parent. Fast forward to today and my thinking has completely different. I understand life happens and sometimes your children are somewhere they aren’t supposed to be. As a parent you would most likely discipline your child and tell them never to do it again and continue on. However, Jesus wasn’t a regular child so when they found him and asked him why he wandered off he replied like a regular tween and said well didn’t you know I would be about my father’s business. Although, I understand and the scripture says Mary and Joseph understood that he wasn’t in harm and was doing good work it still worried them. As a parent I’ve learned to read the Bible with a different lens especially the gospels. Please do not be confused at what I am saying, Mary had it very hard from the start. She was a pregnant virgin, she had to give birth in a manger, she had to witness how cruel people treated him and eventually his crucifixion. I can’t even begin to fathom the sorrow and pain she experienced as a Jesus’ mother. However, I know there are days when she must have been frustrated with him, like in the scripture above. As I’ve read it seems like Mary and Joseph were so forgiving and understanding but it couldn’t have been easy. One of the lessons I can take away from Mary is to have faith that God will protect your children and your family. It also reminds me to stay close to God and have a relationship with God so that you can trust that your family will be fine. I have not been so prayerful until I became a parent and I realized I can’t do it alone and because Mary was literally co-parenting with God so perhaps it made her role as a mother a bit easier. I think if we go into life thinking about how we are collaborating with God and how he is helping us move through life in our different roles then we can put a lot of our worries at ease. Truly trusting God and knowing that he has it all under control and leaning on him in times of need we can be at ease when anything happens especially in the case of a lost or wandering child.
Have a Blessed Week,