For as long as I can remember I wanted to be an archaeologist. The whole idea of my finding something buried and unseen by others appealed to me. When younger, I could be found digging in some corner of the yard. Best thing I ever found was a big old cookie tin with three small words on it – “Love, From Mom.”
And then, one day I was playing archaeologist in my dad’s old dusty library. I looked in an old, unlocked drawer on his secretary and encountered Christ. My whole life changed, but my love for a good dig didn’t. It was simply redirected.
God placed a treasure trove of priceless jewels within reach when I removed an old torn up Bible with pages falling out everywhere. Miner’s hat? Check. Pickaxe and shovel? Check. A new-born burning passion to discover God? Check, check.
Thus began my youthful lifelong search for God’s nature. The pages which had fallen out of the old Bible were from Psalm 139. I read it but really did not know what I was reading. So, I took it to Mom who was in the kitchen baking bread.
Mom took the pages and she read them. She picked me up and put me on her lap and read them to me. In this moment of youth, I realized had stumbled across something stunningly lovely: His handiwork in fashioning my mothers’ heart.
It’s easy to miss God weaving Himself into mothers and their hearts. Man can only offer up a deep, well, totally unfulfilling definition coming from myriads of greeting cards offering vast armies of “sentimental” words feebly addressing it.
Hollywood’s script writers have spent countless millions, (if not billions by now) depicting it onscreen. Yet the very truest wellspring of a mother’s heart remains mysterious. They try to depict what cannot be depicted.
What can never be depicted is this incredible truth: Our Creator God takes great care to knitting all of Himself into who we are and will become.
In examining His deep love for us, His mothering nature is quickly apparent:
Psalm 139:13-18 Authorized (King James) Version
13 For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvelous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
and in thy book all my members were written,
which in continuance were fashioned,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Our Creator takes care to knit Himself into who we are and will become. In examining His love for us, His mothering nature is quickly apparent:
“…How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” (Matthew 23:37 NASB)
How could God reference Himself as a protective mother, lest He’d poured His compassionate nature into the mother’s heart? His maternal temperament continues:
“…He will rejoice over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zephaniah 3:17b NASB)
“Quiet in His love,” duplicates the tenderest moments between mother and child, referencing the child being fully contented and simply enjoying the closeness of its mother.
The child wants nothing more than its mother’s presence. It’s a time of very quiet love. Drawing powerful strength from her proximity alone.
Again, we see His mothering side:
“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb?” (Isaiah 49:15a NASB)
Who better than the Designer of mothers could explain this nurturing side of Himself? The nourishing definition of Jehovah Jireh. Our Provider.
His provision in limitless care was famously spoken to Moses. Asking a yet unnamed God His true name, He replied, “I Am.” A statement begging to fill in the blank. “I AM everything. I AM infinite. I AM all powerful.”
Until my mother’s passing from a heart attack 1997, I took fullest possible advantage of my family membership and went straight to her for comfort.
I guess Dad understood my running past him to reach her arms.
With advancing years, hurts changed, but the source of my consolation didn’t.
I still went directly to Mom and her lap for comfort and my “momma hug”.
For through her deep and limitless kindness, forgiveness, and never-ending compassion, I came to feel God’s caring, hugging presence, I came to wholly trust God’s ever nurturing presence. He was easily recognizable in her and I very deeply valued God’s mothering heart woven tightly into hers.
The birthing process is God’s idea. He’s maternally given birth to the universe, birth to our planet, and birth to us. Most importantly He’s given us re-birth, calling us into reconciliatory relationships with Him.
Nicodemus needed clarification. He knew it impossible to reenter a mother’s womb a second time. God’s way was easier with no gestational period.
Being born-again in the Spirit granted restoration with the Father, enjoying unbroken intimacy.
Our Father in heaven is solidly our Father. His maternal nature guarantees attendance at every bird’s funeral. Keeps track of 7.2 billion heads of hair.
Tallies innumerable thoughts about us exceeding grains of sand. Stills our storms, heals our diseases, binds our broken hearts.
The most potent attribute of His mother’s heart is His lavish forgiveness of our sins. Dark sins, washed in red blood, producing robes of white righteousness.
Like the mother that deliberately forgets her child’s shortcomings, He casts our sins directionally as far as the east is from the west, and as far as the north is from the south, until sinking to the absolute floor of the Sea of Forgetfulness.
Simply stated, He is Father God with a mother’s heart.
Waiting to wipe every tear; sitting up with us through the night; and listening to our troubles—solving them while we are yet wounded, suffering, speaking.
The mother’s heart is best defined by her unselfish generosity in ongoing, unconditional giving and raising her family to become loving parents too.
Proverbs 22:6Authorized (King James) Version
6 Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Psalm 119:9-16Authorized (King James) Version
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?
by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O Lord:
teach me thy statutes.
13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies,
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts,
and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes:
I will not forget thy word.
Pastor Billy Graham is quoted as saying, “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.”
Now listen to these other quotes you may find of particular interest:
“All I am I owe to my mother; I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln
“I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother.” Reverend Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Only loving relationships provide lasting legacy and hope.
Today, Mother’s Day 2022, we will celebrate and encourage all moms in their contributions to legacy…to being that character forming mother!
Plus, we will remind each of us—parents, children, teens, and young adults, of the importance of pursuing God’s plan for relationships.
Questions for Moms and Dads
What hope do we have that our children will stand by their faith and live by their values?
What or who do you trust to impact their lives?
What are you hoping will produce relationally healthy followers?
Who had a profound effect on Jesus? (Proverbs 22:6).
What legacy are we leaving?
We certainly can’t hope for perfect children like Jesus because our children are just like us—imperfect people. But where do they go for guidance does matter.
Do they go to God’s Word?
Do they seek guidance from attentive parents?
Both Parents, even Grand-Parents must continuously pursue relationship with their children so they will “earn the right” in their child’s eyes to speak God and Jesus Christ into their lives as they begin to make their own choices.
Could you join with me and every mom here today in this hope?
Look square into your mom’s face and tell her:
“I praise God for you and Psalm 127:3 Behold children are gifts from the Lord”
Let’s fervently hope and pray that…
Our children are raised by Godly principles drawn directly from the Word of God. (Romans 15:1-6, Ephesians 6:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:10-17, Hebrews 4:12)
• Our children are more influenced and shaped by their parents and their faith than by the world.
• Our teens and young adults remain open to our input and continue to be open about the details of their physical, emotional and spiritual life.
• Our adult children want to be around us, and we regularly enjoy being around them!
Some of us may also champion the simple, but profound, hope our current family could be a little healthier or a more functional than our own childhood family.
Thank God for creating motherhood!
Today we celebrate all moms who pay the price for making a difference in us!
Thank you, Mom, for letting me feel God’s love radiate through you.
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Lt us Pray,
A Child’s Prayer for their Mama’s on Mother’s Day
Dear God, My Creator …
I just want to say, “Thank you for my Mama!”
Thank you for the woman who gave birth to me and has loved me ever since.
I’m grateful for her impact on my life, for her presence, for her love.
Thank you for every moment she was there to pick me up from school, and every moment she helped me heal from heartbreak.
Thank you for every phone call, hug, compliment, even complaint.
Thank you that she cares.
Thank you that despite us not always getting along, our love has endured.
I’m grateful for Mama, and pray that you help me to better honor her every day.
Show me how I can express appreciation for what she has done.
Help me to see all that she has done. God, please help me practice patience when I feel like she’s being too much, or too bossy, or too much like a mom.
Honestly God, who would I be without my Mama?
I pray to you now, God, asking you to bless the remainder of her life.
Please bring her comfort when sickness and body aches occur. Please give her continued direction for her life. Keep her mind renewed.
God, I ask the remainder of her life may be enriched, that she would still feel like she has purpose to fulfill, despite having accomplished so much already.
I pray for those Mama’s who have found their eternal reward with you. They have earned their place of rest by your side, and I know you will keep her safe.
Rest well, Mama, from your labors. One day we shall worship God together!
In the name of Jesus,
Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.