Last week over at Devotions by Chris, Chris wrote about several mothers in the Bible who allowed their faith to push them to do extraordinary things. I believe there is no mother more significant than Mary, the mother of our Savior Jesus Christ. First of all she was a regular girl who found herself in a situation she never imagined.
Just… like… us.
Can you imagine being an unmarried virgin receiving the news “you are going to conceive the Messiah?!” No pressure there!
I’m confident at some point Mary struggled with her responsibility. I’ve struggled with mine. I thought there was no room for missteps.
Mary and Joseph lost their twelve-year-old son and found him three days later! Three days! Can you imagine you are responsible for raising the Messiah and you lose Him!? God did not open up the heavens and rebuke Mary and Joseph for their carelessness. Likewise, we should cut ourselves some slack when we fail in things far less significant.
Another lesson is that Mary saw the potential within her child. It is up to us to do the same. John 2:9 describes one of the first miracles Jesus performed. He turned water into wine. In verse four Jesus says “my hour has not yet come.” However, Mary had other ideas. She told the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.” Upon His mother’s insistence, Jesus had the servants fill pots with water which He later turned into wine.
As parents it is our responsibility to speak to the potential in our kids. This may mean IEPs, tutors, therapy, doctor’s visits and whatever it takes to pull out the potential we know is there. Many doubted Mary and we will doubt us as well, however we must stand firm on what God says. Following her example, we must insist and persist.
We can also follow Mary’s example of receiving God’s grace for her assignment. Mary was forced to witness her child tortured and vilified for the sake of the world. The problems our children face are upsetting to us as well. But we are available for our children. Mary could not help her child; the crucifixion was something Jesus had to do alone. We are available and able through Christ to meet the needs of our kids.
Mary was there for her child until the end. A mother’s love will do that…follow through until the end. God allows us the same grace. Always remember, the third day. Mary endured witnessing her son’s death only to find joy in the Resurrection. Sometimes we may feel like our path is overwhelming, unbeatable or even insurmountable. Many people get stuck on the “first day” or the death of their dream when faced with the realities of parenting and the challenges their children face.
On the “second day,” grief for what could have been keeps some parents from looking forward to what could be. Things often look dark. There are often reports and diagnosis that confuse and condemn. Dreams for the future seem impossible.
Yet thank God, He makes the impossible, possible. If Mary’s story teaches us anything, it is to stick in there until the end. What looks like the end isn’t necessarily so. Hang in there with your child, hang on to what God has promised you.
Every child has some special need. Some needs are more obvious than others. Some are revealed early in life. Some won’t manifest for years later. God equips us to do what we have been called to do. Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
We were chosen by God to parent the children He has blessed us with as well.
“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” Mark 9:37 NKJV
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Hey, Lilka! Very good post…hope you were given the very best of Mother’s days! Talk with you soon…
My Mother’s Day was wonderful. My guys spoiled me and I’m grateful for the time we spent together. 🙂
Glad to hear it! Now get busy writing…lol! I love to read your thoughts and ideas, and I’m sure many other do too!
Enjoy your blessings this beautiful day…
That is the plan for the day….hopefully before midnight 😉
Looking for a “reblog” in the A.M. little lady! I thank you for being such a lovely person and Christian woman…
Enjoy your day, Lilka!
Beautiful message for all mothers and yes, all so pertinent to the challenges, struggles and wonderful victories in every day life! Bless you Lilka, and I hope you were blessed in abundance on your Mother’s Day 🙂
I really was Sherri. My men spoiled me and I enjoyed every bit of it! I pray you had a great one as well. The older they get the more I realize my time with them here at home may be nearing an end in these next few years.
I enjoy them while I can 🙂
Thank for picking up where I left off! Mary has so many things we can learn from. God gives us the children only we are capable of raising. He entrusts them to our care to raise them into the people He wants them to become. At times it seems like more than we can handle, but that’s how we know He’s chosen us. When we feel like we can’t do it on our own, we’re right where He wants us. We are forced to trust Him and use His wisdom in raising our kids.
That is so true! I really enjoyed your post about mothers in the Bible and as you can see, was really inspired. Thanks so much! Lilka
Thank you, I needed this.