Hello! How is everyone? I hope your week is moving along all well and good. I cannot even believe it is Mother’s Day already! Where does the time go? To some people, it seems that “Hallmark” makes every day a holiday, but in reality, would any of us be here without our mothers? Not everyone has (or had) a father-but everyone has (or had) a mother. We will not even go in to the types of mothers (or mothering) but; was is for sure-we all have mothers.
I do believe without a shadow of doubt that God intended to create women to be mothers as a representation of His love. In the Garden of Eden God created man and women in His image so that we would emulate His very nature of love. Man and woman must be the balance of God’s make-up because the two are so uniquely different-yet complementary-and then become one in flesh when married. “and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Mark 10: 8-9)
I don’t think that people ordinarily think of the nurturing or “mothering” side of Jesus. Even though He and God, the Father are on, He, also has His protective instinct to protect those who belong to Him. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. (Luke 13:34) Do you hear the unconditional love? Do you hear the deep cry of His heart-almost like a lament over those He loves? Can any of you mothers relate to that? God wants us to always honor our parents. “Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:3)
Jesus also has a compassionate, empathetic side that identifies with our sorrows as well. “For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:12-13) Comfort is usually from the mother rather than a father, but, like I said God has a nurturing side as well as a protective side-together bring balance. It is amazing to me that even on the cross, Jesus cared enough to provide for His mother’s care that He picked one of the disciple’s (John) to care for Mary as a son…and John accepted the responsibility willingly. Mary had other children, but, Jesus choose someone else He felt was more suitable and knew would correctly care for His mother. He was being nurturing to His own mother while dying on the cross. God, in human form, prepared care for His mother-whom He created. That’s how much God loves us-His creation. Amazing, isn’t it?
For those of you who are mothers, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you receive the Mother’s love that God has for you. For those who are not mothers, my wish for you is that you also truly experience God’s unconditional love for you.
As you walk Every Day With Grace
In His Love,
“The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8)