A Gospel Meditation For Weary Moms
Mothers’ Day conjures up feelings and emotions of all kinds, both leading up to and during. Many of us look at our mothers and think about the things that they have done for us and we are swept up with gratitude as we acknowledge all of the sacrifices that mothers make day in and day out.
I have had the sheer privilege of walking, discipling, caring for, and being cared by mothers from all walks of life: the mother of the herd, the mother of the American dream (ie. 2.5 kids and a loving husband), the single mother, the barren mother, the expecting mother, the post aborted mother, the mother who bears the loss of a child, the trafficked mother, the fostering mother, the adoptive mother, and the mother again (a grandmother raising her grandchildren). And now I’m a mother myself. And this weekend we will hear numerous times over, how wonderful of a job we are doing and how special we are.
Truth is, while the gratitude is certainly appreciated, many of us mothers struggle to hear how awesome we are because we know that we are not good enough in and of ourselves and that most of us are struggling to truly honor Christ in the way we care for our families. But in the midst of the struggle and failed expectations we have set for ourselves (or may have been set for us by others) comes this glorious truth from Romans 8…
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
Romans 8: 18-30
There is so much beauty in this passage of scripture. We are told that, not just as mothers, but as children adopted by the Father, that we do have a hope. A hope that is bound up, noth with our performance, but with the character of God Himself. Through our adoption, we are blessed by the moving work of the Spirit in and through us. Sisters, we must take heart in this truth. A truth that will sustain us until the end if we continue in seeking wisdom and yearn for a relationship with our Father. Mothers’ Day is actually a great reminder of the family we have been adopted into! Recall this truth when you gather with your church family this Sunday. The glory and praise given to our Father and the fellowship and strengthening that comes with communion with our brothers and sisters are one of the means He has given to us to remind us of this Gospel and to receive the spiritual refreshing our souls need!
This Mothers’ Day, rest in remembering that you can never be enough; but He is! Then, arm in arm with believing mothers of every tribe, tongue, and nation, go forth to tell of this Lord and Savior who ransomed you from the pits of hell and made you a trophy of His grace. May the Word of God sustain you and keep you this Mothers’ day!