To the mother like…
Eve, who has failed in one aspect or another, and the entire ‘world’ knows. Who got up and started anew, pushed on and persevered despite your failures and all the ‘family drama’…keep your head up, you are not who enemy says you are…you are the mother of life and without you nations would not even exist.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 (ESV)
Sarah (Genesis 11:30, 21:1-2), Rebekah (Genesis 25:21), Rachel (Genesis 29:21, 30:22) Samson’s mother; unnamed, (Judges 13: 1-3) and Hannah (1 Samuel 1:5-6, 20), all the women who wanted nothing more than to hold a child in your arms. It may have been a short journey of only a few years or it may have been a long, tough, hard several years…but on this day you now hold your promised child in your arms! Congratulation on your first mother’s day! Hold tight, cherish these moment, they truly are fleeting!
… “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel is preached to you. 1 Peter 1:24-25 (NKJV)
To the Mary’s whose life sure did not go as you imagined. Despite your circumstances, your faith is strong and you trust God. You had several happy years with your child…but in the end you lost him/her much too early. Whether your child fought an illness or was taken without warning, you would have gladly and willingly taken that cross. This earth will never be the same, you will always have a void in your heart for the child no longer by your side. Don’t lose faith! God is in control and he loves you and he too knows the pain of losing a child.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uniformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not proceed those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV)
Bathsheba, you too know loss…the heartache of losing your baby. The headache of a promise that never came to be…or was here, but only for the blink of an eye. The wondering of whom your child was to become, the missing piece in your heart. God hears your cries, he knows your heartache…lay your burdens at the cross and let him heal you. It won’t happen overnight and you will never forget, but over time it you will learn to move on. And don’t be afraid to share your testimonies, to help other mother’s deal with the pain and loss.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NIV)
Or perhaps you’re a Ruth, your life has taken many unexpected turns. You thought you had your happily ever after and then tragedy stuck. God never forsook you! He was with you as you cried your tears, then through the healing process, and the journey as life continued on. Then your redemption, as God gave you a new start…a new chapter…and with your “Boaz” you now hold new life in your arms…LIFE…without Ruth the light of the world would never have arrived.
Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name off the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.” Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. Mat the LORD make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah to be renowned in Bethlehem, and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the LORD will give you by this young woman.” So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. Ruth 4:9-13 (ESV)
Rahab, who is known by all as a harlot…perhaps you can relate, your past seems to follow you wherever you go. Don’t listen to the enemy…you know who you are in Christ! You are not your past, you are a daughter of the most high God! Don’t ever forget that scarlet tassel you hung from your window which was once used to lure men into your place of business, but no longer does it stand for that! Scarlet like blood…you are washed white by the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross…and you too are linked in his lineage!
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18 (ESV)
Gomer (Hosea 1:1-11, 3:1-5) and the unnamed woman with the jars of oil (2 Kings 4:1-7) whose life took turns and paths you never expected. You are a single mothers, trying your best to provide for your children. Keep your head up and don’t lose faith. God hears your prayers, he knows your struggles. Know your salvation is coming…perhaps though your own Hosea or even ‘oils’…remember this is only a season, it too shall pass.
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
To the mothers who were not ready to become mothers, yet found themselves in a difficult place with a difficult decision to make…despite your circumstances, what the world would tell you to do, you choose life. You carried your child for nine short months and then in love let them go. You are no less of a mother. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise! Hold your head up…what great love you have putting your child first, sacrificing your wants and desires.
A sword was brought, and Solomon ordered, “Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.” “Please don’t kill my son,” the baby’s mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I live him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.” 1 Kings 3:24-26 (CEV)
And lastly to the mothers who never held a child in their womb…but opened their arms, hearts and homes to the orphan…what a beautiful picture your life is of truly living out the gospel! We are all adopted sons and daughters into the kingdom of God.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – John 1:12 (NIV)
Whether you’re an Eve, Ruth, Mary, Rahab or any of the other woman mentioned above; perhaps even a mix of several…motherhood is hard…and despite your circumstances you wake up each morning, laying down your wants, your desires and many times even your needs, sacrificing all for your children. Take some time today to pause from your busy life, to look and see all that God has blessed you with…thank him for this season no matter how crazy, hard, tiring, wonderful it is. For this season, this life we have will soon be gone. (1 Peter 1:24-25)
Always remember no matter the season, the passing of time…you have hope! (1 Peter 3:1-6)
You have a savior who never leaves or forsakes you. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5-6)
Who loves you with unconditional love. (John 3:16)
Who champions you and provides for your every need. (Philippians 4:19)
How awesome a God we serve that he allows us to be the mothers of his most precious creations for the short time we walk this earth! It is a privilege and an honor to be a mother…and yes, it is a huge responsibility! One that you have been ordained for since the foundation of the earth! Never forget that you are valued and you are loved by God!
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand-when I am awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:13-18 (NIV)
Happy Mother’s Day!