She was five months into her pregnancy when she was warned that she was at a high risk of losing her baby. At the doctor’s advice, she agreed to spend the next 90 days on a tilted bed with her feet above her head in a hospital bed. She ate, read and watched television 24/7 in this uncomfortable position. After three long months, this ecstatic mother delivered a baby girl. She demonstrated to her newborn daughter the length and breadth a mother would go to sacrifice everything for her children.
A little girl child is never born into motherhood; instead, it is motherhood that is born in her when she conceives her first born. It’s a 24×7 profile. A wife, chef, interior decorator, event planner, teacher, counsellor, health care provider, finance manager, conflict resolver, its a never ending job profile. It is extensive, demanding and often times, overwhelming. A mother needs to be tough yet tender, quick yet patient and she must be everything to everyone. So it comes as no surprise that when a survey was conducted with 1300 mothers, asking them what they wanted for Mothers Day, the majority responded – a few hours of time alone!
Motherhood is an exquisite tapestry of art depicting an array of colours – the ebonies of sacrifice, the greys of anxiety, the lucent silent tears and the bright joy of bursting happiness, all lovingly watched and knitted together by the Master Tapestri-er.
A godly mother’s influence has always had a lasting impact. For behind every giant of the Faith, there was an unassuming mother of Faith. Billy Graham writes about his mother, Morrow Franklin, “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the moulding of character in her children. Most of the noble characters and fine leaders of history have had good, God-fearing mothers. The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry”. He once said of his mother, “Of all the people I have ever known, my mother had the greatest influence on me”.
Charles Spurgeon known as the Prince of Preachers writes about his mother, Eliza Spurgeon, “How can I ever forget when she bowed her knee, and with her arms about my neck, prayed, “Oh, that my son might live before Thee!” (1)
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Jesus acknowledged his mother. Mary a young girl received the news of her virgin birth and by faith, she submitted to God’s divine plan. And Mary, just as any other mother would have performed her motherly responsibilities. She would have cleaned, cooked and took care of her son. She would have watched him grow to become a man. And at the cross, when most of his disciples scattered, she stood helplessly watching Him being crucified. The prophecy was fulfilled – “And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (2) But in the midst of Jesus’ intense pain and suffering, He pauses to provide for His mother. He entrusts his mother, who would have certainly been a widow, in her early 50s and with little or no income, to the care of his disciple, John.
Today on my cupboard hangs a half-folded faded white paper. It has tiny odd shapes drawn that run across from the right to the left corner of the paper. These shapes are asymmetrical and resemble tiny amoeba of different colours. In the middle of the faded paper, there is a hole which seems to resemble the shape of a heart. If anyone sees it, most probably they would have considered it garbage and discarded it. But not me. To me it is priceless, it is the artwork and scribbling of a five-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl. It says “Hello Mummy”.
Today as we celebrate Mothers day, may we take time to tell our mothers how valuable they are and how we love and appreciate them. And if you are a mother, as Proverbs 31:28 says, we rise up and call you, blessed.
Happy Mothers Day!
- Charles H. Spurgeon, The Autobiography of Charles H. Spurgeon, Vol. 1, 1834-1854 (New York: Fleming Revell Co., 1898), 68-69.
- Luke 2:35
- Pic courtesy https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-and-girl-by-the-sea-1438511/