This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s the one day of the year where mothers everywhere actually receive the recognition they deserve. A mother’s job includes responding to medical injuries, remembering things that the rest of the family forgets, making sure the house is in order, raising up children, and even counseling the family through times of loss, sorrow, and pain. A mother’s job isn’t a part-time job. It’s not full-time either. It’s all the time! Moms are always on call, 24/7. Moms are full of love, compassion, forgiveness, and grace: especially my mom.
Growing up in a family of 4 boys and 3 dogs, my mom was always doing something. She was always making delicious home cooked meals, cleaning up after the mess that we created throughout the house, ready to bandage up the flesh wound that we received after being thrown off a golf-cart, and always right around the corner before we got into something stupid. My mom was everywhere all the time. When we had soccer practice, she was there. When we had to stay late for detention, she was there. She was always doing her best to keep us safe, and raise us up the way she thought best. After reading through and reflecting on a few Biblical examples of mothers, I’ve found that they all remind me of my mom in their own way. Here’s why…
After reading through the passage in Luke 1, when the angel approached Mary about giving birth to a son, we see that Mary was a servant of the Lord. Mary lived a life of service and humility. She understood that it wasn’t going to be about her: but that her son, Jesus, meant everything. Mary was willing to do just about anything to ensure that Jesus would live up to the life that God had called him to live. She was ready to do anything and everything for God. Her life defined what it meant to be a servant. My mom shared this servants heart. She was always ready to serve God, and her family. Looking back, I cannot believe the things that my mom put up with. With 4 boys and 3 dogs, our house was crazy! Yet, instead of losing her temper and screaming (like I would have done!) she showed us love, encouragement, and she dedicated her life to serving our family. After reading through the early pages of Luke, and reflecting on the service that Mary showed to God, I’m reminded of the service that my mom has dedicated to our family.
Moses wasn’t born in the best of times. Israel was under slavery in Egypt, and due to their rising numbers and strength, Pharaoh had all newborn Israelite boys sent away to certain death. Moses’ mom however had different plans. She hid her baby for about 3 months after he was born. Then when she simply couldn’t hide him any longer, she made a basket and sent her son down the river in order to protect him. Moses ended up in the hands of Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses’ mom was willing to give away her son to an entirely different type of people, in order to protect his life. In a weird sort of way, I can almost relate to this story. My family didn’t suffer years of slavery in Egypt. My mom wasn’t forced to send off her 4 sons. But there was a time where my mom faced a tough situation.
About 4 years ago, my parents decided to move out to Southern California, some 1,900 miles away from home. I had made the tough decision of staying back home, in Michigan. My mom let me make my own decision, without giving me grief, showing her sorrow, or letting me know in any way that I had let her down. It was probably one of the hardest things she had ever done, but she did it because it was best for me. Just like Moses’ mom and the situation my mom faced, a mom has to do what’s best for her children, regardless of whether she likes it or not.
Naomi wasn’t Ruth’s mother, but her mother-in-law. The relationship between Naomi and Ruth is one where we can learn about the Biblical expectations for in-law relationships. Naomi had just lost her husband and her two sons. She was left with the two wives of her sons. After telling both of them to return to their hometown, one of them decided to stay with Naomi. Ruth made the decision to stay with the true family that she had: Naomi. Ruth said to Naomi, “For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ruth gave full commitment to her mother Naomi, and Naomi did the same. When it comes to in-law relationships, the world has a definition. In-laws are supposed to be those crazy people that you’re forced to see on holidays. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for Ruth and Naomi and it shouldn’t be the case for us today.
My wife and I have been blessed with two out-of-this-world mothers. They both reflect the Biblical examples of what a mother should be like. They serve unconditionally, and they do the best for their children regardless of what it means for them. Above all, they both accept their new in-law like their own. They both have brought us in just as if we were their own son or daughter. Our moms have lived out that Naomi-Ruth relationship.
Sunday is Mother’s Day. I have two of the worlds greatest moms anyone could ask for! Time to leave some love for your mom this mothers day. Leave a comment below with what you love most about your mom.
I love you mom!
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