Mom

   Whenever I make a feeble attempt to deal with the really profound and pivotal concepts of life, I feel keenly the poverty of words. Some things just cannot, in any real sense, be adequately spoken. But we must try, mustn’t we? Amazing motherhood is one of those concepts.

   Motherhood is about surrendering (Ephesians 5:22). She surrenders herself to the wonderful intimacy with her husband that God designed for marriage, the two having decided that they are ready for the delightful possibility of having a baby. She surrenders herself to all the bodily changes that pregnancy brings and that no husband can ever fully understand. She opens herself to the weariness as well as the worries that attend pregnancy. She submits to the pains that have attended birthing ever since Eden. And all of these are forgotten in the instant when she holds her newborn close…the most beautiful baby ever born in all the world. Now everything has changed forever! The coming of her child calls forth the mother within her. And she discovers that she is ready, after all, to take on the most glorious and holy role that God could give her to play in life…mother!

   Motherhood is about strength (Proverbs 31:25). A comedian once said about his wife, who was the mother of his children, “I’ve seen her job, and I don’t want it!” I don’t believe we guys are up to the job. And I don’t mean that to be a cop out…even though I have copped out too much. But God has given moms a strength equal to their challenge. Their job is 24/7. They can be sick and still take care of children and all that goes along with that. When I am sick, I can’t even take care of myself. They are multi-taskers…juggling several things at once. I find it difficult to walk and chew gum at the same time. My wife could carry our children on her arm for hours at a time. I could make it for about 5 minutes…maybe 10 on a good day. I still don’t understand that. Mom considers, plans for and sees to the entire well-being of her child…their cleanliness, their environment, their diet, their clothing, their spiritual education, their teeth, their hair, their comfort, their friends, their schooling and on and on and on. Why…if I had the kind of strength God gave moms, I could change the world. But then, that’s exactly what moms are doing already!

   Motherhood is about spirituality (Proverbs 31:30). How did the world get a Moses…a Samuel…and Jesus, Himself? Jochebed protected and prepared the young Moses with God’s help. Hannah prayed for Samuel and dedicated him to God. And if Jesus, the divine Son of the Almighty God needed a mother (and such a mother as Mary was!), then what of the rest of us?

Blessed is the mother

who can hold on to her children

while letting them go.

who understands what a child does not say.

whose husband and children arise to bless her!

God bless moms!

This article is from reprinted Doug Oakes, Sr.. Please see original for comments.

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