Motherhood is a unique profession, and it brings blessings and trials than any other job I could ever imagine. In all my years of experience, I’ve never met a perfect mom. So if you’re like me and have made a few mistakes along your mothering journey, then lean back as we learn from a few moms of the Bible.
As modern day mothers, we often feel like no one has messed up quite like us. Yet, I find it interesting that long before we came onto the scene, mothers raising children were honored in the Bible not because of their perfection, but because of God’s greater plan for their motherly efforts.
Many of us know Eve as the woman who flubbed up big time. She had an adoring husband and a God who walked with her in the garden. But she made a wrong turn, fell into temptation, and contaminated the human race with the problem called sin. Yet, here’s what the Bible says about Eve in Genesis 3:20 “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.” What made Eve memorable in God’s eyes? Her motherhood.
What’s the lesson for us? Whether we’ve made big or little mistakes, God sees the value of our motherhood roles.
This woman was gorgeous. She had it all, except for one thing. Isn’t that the way it is with us? We may have a million blessings, but yet there’s something we want desperately. Sarah’s “something” was children. When she was long past childbearing age, God promised her a miracle that she would bear a son. Abraham was almost 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old, yet she gave birth to the promised baby. Isn't that amazing?
So, what’s the lesson for us? Nothing is too difficult for God.
Motherhood with its joys and frustrations was God’s idea and creation. He never promised we’d have a perfect family or be a perfect mom, but He did promise His never ending presence. That’s what gives us stamina and hope for the journey.