I have spent most of the morning reflecting and praying for all the “Moms” in my life wether they be friends or relatives. They all share that one thread that bonds us together, the desire to love their children no matter what cost that may bring.
On the the day that God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus, he knew what he was looking for in a women and Mary had all the qualities that were needed to bring a child like Jesus into this world.
Mary knew that she would be frowned upon for caring a child out of wedlock. She knew that Joseph would be shunned for marrying a pregnant women that is if he would have her at all. She knew that this whole thing of a miraculous conception was far fetched even for that time in which she lived. Yet, she said “yes” to God when he asked her to take on this great opportunity. Trials were evident yet she, did what what needed to take care of her her body to make sure that her baby would be healthy. She loved and cared for him as he grew old enough to go out on his own. There are not a lot of stories in the bible about his upbringing as a child but the ones that are there reflect the fact that he was raised right. I can not even imagine the pain she felt on the day her son was crucified on the cross. Sacrificing her first born for our sins…
As a mother in today’s world, it seems we are doing the same thing that Mary did to provide for her child. We make sure they are fed and they have clean clothes everyday. We see them off to school, pack their lunches and sit up at night with them when they are sick. I am sure Mary did the same. I am sure she had her bad days also, like the day she realized that Jesus had stayed back in the temple to preach. What a day that was when she realized that Jesus had not returned home. I am sure she was freaking out like I would be.
God knew when he made mothers that they would have to love and serve their children relentlessly. He knew that they would put themselves last always to tend to the needs of their child. He knew that they would shed tears when their child suffered pain from an illness or disappointment in life. He knew that they would do what ever they could to take away pain or sorrow even if that meant sacrificing their own self to do so. He knew a mom would stay up late helping their child finish homework late at night even though they were exhausted themselves. He knew that we would change anything in life that hurt them if we could and he knew that day that we brought those sweet babies into the world that the pain we went through would be forever forgotten at the very first glimpse of your child.
Moms are incredible people and as we are about to embark on another Mother’s Day, take the time to tell those mothers in your life just how special they are. They are warriors for their children and they deserve a pat on the back.