It Wasn't Even Mother's Day

by Audrey on May 11th, 2013

It wasn't even Mother's Day but He thought of His mom.
 
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When I was a young girl and as I grew into a young woman, I used to hear older people talk about their mothers in a mushy sort of way.  Appreciation.  Tears.  Recollections.
 
At those times in my life, though I loved my mother with all my heart, I didn’t always appreciate her the way I should have or the way I do now.
 
As I’ve grown older, I now talk about my mom in a mushy sort of way.  Appreciation. Tears.  Recollections.
 
A few months ago, Carl said to me, “You are just like your mother.”
 
And I said, “Thank you.  I want to be more like her.  Tell me how I am like her.”
 
Then my eyes filled with tears and I said again, “I really want to be more like her.”
 
I was thinking about the qualities in her life that I so admire.  These are a few of my favorite things:
 
·      Faithfulness to one man for life – doesn’t matter what other women think or do
·      Forgiveness – doesn’t matter how much you’ve been wronged
·      Resourcefulness – it’s OK not to spend money on things you can make or re-use
·      Stubbornness – about the right things
·      Laughter and cheerfulness – my mother has a ready smile.  Always.
·      Mercy – I know this is her spiritual gift.
·      Humility – willing to do things for others that most consider disgusting.
 
No, she’s not a perfect woman.  But she’s close.
 
Thinking of her as Mother’s Day approaches has made me reflect on some things. 
 
It seems to me that when we are young, it’s easy to have a list of things we don’t like about our moms.  But as we grow up, it’s easy to realize how little we knew.  At least for most of us. 
 
Yes, there are some who are reading this post who have a very sad past as it concerns their mothers – and for you, God wants to comfort your heart.
 
He wants to use every sad circumstance in our lives to point us to Himself.   He is the God of all comfort. He says this in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5:
 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”
 
Then in Isaiah 66:13, God tells His people – “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you . . .”
 
That’s a wonderful verse because God knows that in this sinful world we need His comfort most of all.  Even more than the very best mother could ever provide.
 
He designed mothers to be comforters, nurturers, and all that is good for children.  But sin has a way of staining and distorting what God intended.
 
So, for those who never had a good mother, do not be discouraged.  God wants to meet that need in your life.  He steps in – that’s Who He is.  Then He wants to use what He has done in your life to point others to Him.  Let Him work out the sadness.
 
And because of your past, you have a special window in which to pray for children today.  You can understand the pain of so many children who are growing up without the love of their mothers. 
 
Pray for them.  Pray they will know Jesus.  Pray that their mothers will come to know Jesus and walk with Him.
 
And pray for moms you know and those you don’t know.  Pray that their hearts will turn toward their children in this selfish and narcissistic day in which we live.  Pray that mothers will take their jobs seriously, build into their children’s lives, and not abandon their children. Pray especially because there are so many today who say that it’s OK for children not to have a mother.  Yet God created two genders – He meant for children to have both a mother and a father.
 
And I am aware too, that there are some who are reading this post who are not mothers and Mother’s Day strikes a vulnerable hollow in your heart.  For you, never forget that the mothering heart is yours.  God gave it to you and you mother.   You are so valuable in the lives of children.  Children view women as mothers.  They don’t make a distinction.  Mothering is part of the essence of being a woman and it expresses itself in all women unless something has gone terribly wrong.
 
 Remember, too - though you may not be a mother, God gave a mother to you.  Think of her. That's what Anna Jarvis did.  She was never a mother herself yet she was so grateful for her own mother and the contribution of mothers that she made it her life goal to see that mothers were recognized on a special day in America.
 
For those of us who have had or still have a good mother,  thank God for her.  I know I am thanking God for mine.  Of all the mothers in the world, He allowed me to be the daughter of Frances.  I am so grateful.  And my husband says  I am like her.  What a compliment.
 
I am looking for more and more ways to love her.  She won’t always be around.  Some of you already know this – you know what it’s like to lose your mother.  And by your life, you encourage me to love mine well.
 
Even when it’s not Mother’s Day.
 
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It wasn't even Mother's Day and He thought of His mom.  Jesus didn’t need a special day to be reminded to think of her. 
 
When He was dying on the cross,  in a most tender moment in all of the Bible, He asked the Apostle John to care for her.
 
He thought of her. 
 
And He thinks of you.  No matter how Mother’s Day strikes you.  No matter if you’re a mom or not.  No matter if you had a good mom or not.  No matter what, He cares for you.
 
And He cares for your mom.

Happy Mother's Day.
 
 
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