Had a great service yesterday…celebrating mom’s and handing out beautiful roses, remembering how special each mother was and is at church, then everyone piles into cars to chase a superfat lunch 🙂
Later we exchange lots of sweet and thoughtful gifts and cards, saying something like “Mom, you’re so amazing, so special, I Love you” etc.. it’s traditional to take a day to remember all that mom’s mean and are and do for us…a wonderful day, one to cherish and observe…
But what about the next day? When a gray and rainy morning arrives and the reality check occurs; you’ve awakened to Mothers day + 1 ! Looking for a cup of coffee…you stumble into the kitchen to discover the dishes are not magically gone, laundry is still spilling precariously out of the fourth plastic clothes basket in the hallway, and your kids have decided to start a minor civil war in the upstairs bathroom!
No matter how hard you look…the mother’s day fairy has completely disappeared and the real stuff of family life has returned…only this time with a bit of a vengeance. The UP of Sunday is replaced by the DOWN of just another normal Monday. (SIGH…)
Hang on MOM!
God NOTICES… He see’s the faithfulness of your love, the relentless desire to raise your kids the “right” way. To get up day after day and make lunches, clean your kitchens and make sure the kids have clean underwear… your heart is not un-noticed. He see’s you’re “before there were kids” dreams, your early hopes of creating a truly unique and amazing life… He remembers and cherish’s your hearts deepest desire…He cares.
I Samuel 1-2 shares the story of an Epic mom by the name of Hannah. Her testimony of injustice, despair and frustration at being a mom and a mother are timeless…they can resonate forward 3,000 years and remind us all of the power of prayer, the hope of God’s touch and the amazingly intimate sensitivity that God has for the heart of a woman.
“Hannah prayed: I’m bursting with God-news! I’m walking on air.
I’m laughing at my rivals. I’m dancing my salvation. 2-5 Nothing and no one is holy like God,
no rock mountain like our God….For God knows what’s going on.
He takes the measure of everything that happens.
The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces,
while the weak are infused with fresh strength.
The well-fed are out begging in the streets for crusts,
while the hungry are getting second helpings.
The barren woman has a houseful of children,
while the mother of many is bereft.
6-10 God brings death and God brings life,
brings down to the grave and raises up.
God brings poverty and God brings wealth;
he lowers, he also lifts up.
He puts poor people on their feet again;
he rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope,
Restoring dignity and respect to their lives—
a place in the sun! (courtesy of Biblegateway)
So… if your feeling a bit overwhelmed by the burdens of mom-hood and your one day a year buzz is fading… read a bit in the bible today. I Samuel 1-2 would be awesome… find out for yourself about Hannah and her story, read her song. She struggled, she trusted and God overcame… in exchange, Hannah surrended her gift to God and a nation was changed, a entire people group re-directed from chaos to Kingdom. Hannah’s answer was a son… Samuel (God Heard me) who annointed David to be King of Israel.
Hannah, was challenged to keep going one more day…serving once more without any sign that God was out there, that God even noticed her… but she tried one more time to pray, to ask… and poured her entire heart out to Him.. she allowed God to gently touch her brokenness and trusted only Him to make it whole… and from that simple act of complete and utter trust… God touched her back and saved a nation.
It’s EPIC example of the power of faith and surrender and the mercy and grace of God! Blessings to all of you mothers, wherever you are… never ever doubt… GOD DOES NOTICE YOU!