I've been working in the garden this last week. Everything is fresh and new shoots are sprouting everywhere. All around me life is being replenished and new life is beginning. We sleep with our window open and the cheery singing of birds are my first clue that morning has come. The birds have been busy for the last few weeks preparing their nests and lately I've noticed that they are aware of my presence in the garden as they wait on the lawn with their beaks heavy with worms. Once they feel safe....they'll fly up into the nest and feed their baby birds and then their task is repeated again...and again.
A mothers heart desires to do the thing that needs to be done even when they are exhausted from night time feedings....stomach flu...migraine headaches...and responsibilities in the home. As a grandmother, I have the privilege now to know two very special mothers that care for their children like that. They do not consider their own needs first...even though sometimes they should. I can still remember my own Mom standing at the stove quietly making supper while we squabbled and played in the background being totally unaware that she was suffering with a headache. It would only be when my Dad would come home that we were all quickly made aware of her needs...instead of our own. It wasn't until I was a mom myself that I fully understood that she loved us more than I ever thought possible.
I've been reading the book of Jude this past week and though it is not written about motherhood, my heart was drawn to the benediction at the end of the chapter. It is not my own strength and knowledge that we will keep me from stumbling. Women are constantly told through media that "we are strong women...we can do it". In reality it is not my own strength but the strong arm of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is there to help me and guide me. I remember as a young woman sometimes carrying the weight of guilt around needlessly when I was not always patient and tender with our small charges or when our home was not spotless.
Strive to seek God's word for wisdom in raising your children and in your relationships with their Daddy. May we rest in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father loves our children more than we do and will keep his eye on the sparrows no matter if they are fledglings in the nest or have gone on to build their own nests and have peeps of their own. Lastly, may we joyfully give honor to our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ who knows us in our weakness and has promised through his great mercy and gift of forgiveness to present us blameless before our Father in heaven.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen
Jude verses 24, 25 ESV
Happy Mothers Day to all of you who care for those that God has entrusted to you!