But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 1:19
Satan is doing everything he can to destroy the sanctity of motherhood. Carrying a child in our bodies is looked on as an inconvenience; a disruption to our “worth.” He uses the world to entice women to think of themselves first, and always, by luring us into prideful power, gluttonous glory, and destructive destinies.
Today my reading took me through the visitation of angels to Elizabeth and Mary. One birthed the prophet of Jesus, the other birthed our Messiah. Neither looked on the angel’s message as an inconvenience, even though each had their own reason to do so. In the Christian text we are told that Elizabeth was old when she became pregnant with John, at least 60 years old. Some texts say she was 88. Can you imagine? What would be your first thought if you found that you were pregnant at either age? Today we look at the chances of abnormalities and are first encouraged to have tests to determine if we are having a “normal” child or if the hormones lacking in our bodies have caused deformities. We take the tests to see if we want “options” to end the pregnancy. Never is it mentioned that these options relate to ending a life.
One the other hand, Mary was a very young girl, probably around sixteen. And she was engaged which, in those days, was the same as the commitment in marriage. She would face disgrace, questions from her in – laws, stares and whispers. Yes, today we would look at “options” in this situation as well. After all, look at the inconvenience.
Both women accepted God’s desire for the unplanned pregnancy.
I said all that to say this. I am a Mom. It has not always been an easy road, but like Mary, I cherish that God chose me to raise each child.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant...for He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His Name. Luke 1:46b – 48a, 49
I have to give a call – out to those women who have answered God’s call to fill in when the birth Mom is absent: the Step Mom. I really don’t like that term, to me they are chosen Mom’s. They are often angels in disguise. Given the responsibility of living in the birth Mom’s shadow, but leading, loving, and listening with their hearts. I heard the words in my grandchildren’s Dad and chosen Mom’s wedding vows stating that she would raise these children as her own and I thanked God.
I am so honored to be called “Mom.” I confess, I have erred many times in doing too much for my children; I am reminded by well – meaning family and friends to take care of myself over and over. And that is important, not just for myself but for those whom God has entrusted to me: my husband, my children, my grandchildren, my friends.
I am so humbled to know that God allowed me to raise what may well be the next prophet of Jesus’ return, the next Billy Graham, or the next Deborah to lead our Christian army to victory. Not by my might, not by my power, but by the Holy Spirit’s leading. I just cannot state the feeling I have this morning and I think of how God created us, then created others through us. What a responsibility we have! What a glorious calling! How can we put our self – esteem over this? And I have done so, so many times. Forgive me, Jesus.
“Father God, there are women reading this, listening to it on the podcast, who have gone down the road of self over Motherhood. Give each of us a heart to repent, no matter how old our children are, it is never to late to be a Mom. For those who are still raising these precious humans, I ask that You instill the hunger to discipline with love, give with wisdom, and teach with authority. Help us to know how to be there for our children when they need to talk, when they need our instruction for the difficult decisions in their lives no matter what stage of life our children are in. Show us how to build a trust in our children that we will never lead them wrong. I am humbled, Jesus, that You allowed me to have children and, like Hannah did for Samuel, I release each of them to Your care and Your path. Amen