Motherhood is a unique profession, and one fraught with more blessings and trials than any other job I could imagine. In all my years of experience, I’ve never met a perfect mom. Even the ones I’ve greatly admired were far from perfect. So if you’re like me and have made a few mistakes along your mothering journey, then lean back and take heart as we learn from a few moms of the Bible.
It’s true. Long before we celebrated Mother’s Day, women raising children were honored in the Bible—not because of their perfection but because of God’s greater plan for their motherly efforts. Look at His sovereign hand in the lives of these three women.
Many of us know Eve as the woman who flubbed up BIG TIME. She had an adoring husband (a marriage made in paradise!) and a God who walked with her in the garden. But she made a wrong turn, fell to 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 mistakes or little mistakes, God sees the value of our motherhood roles.
This woman was gorgeous. In fact, the Pharaoh of Egypt pursued her to be in his harem. 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: she would bear a son. Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a woman living in a nursing home become pregnant. Yet when Abraham was almost 100 years old and Sarah 90 years old, she gave birth to the promised baby. Funny how they named their child Isaac, meaning laughter (what’s funny about having a child when you’re old?). So, what’s the lesson for us? Nothing is too difficult for God.
I adore this story. It lets all of us moms know that it’s not the model mom that God honors but the less-than-ordinary woman. Such was the case of the community harlot Rahab. She wasn’t a Jew, but she chose to believe in Jehovah God and He honored her commitment. Friend, we never know how God will use our obedience, nor can we see how our influence will affect others after we’re gone. We think now; God thinks later. So what “later” did God have in mind for Rahab, the prostitute? Her great, great grandson was King David, whose most famous descendent was Jesus of Nazareth. What’s the lesson for us? God uses “underdog moms” to raise up powerful generations.
To those of you who are mothers, let’s be encouraged by these Bible moms and rejoice that we’ve been granted the privilege of motherhood. God never promised motherhood would be a stroll down easy lane, but He did promise His never-ending presence to grant us stamina and hope in the journey.
Happy Mother’s Day!