This past Sunday many of us participated in one of the most recognized holidays. We took the time to give flowers to our mothers who are still with us and publicly remember those who have passed on. Mother’s Day is a joyous occasion for many but a sad time for even more. That day is not only used to recognize and honor mothers but also grandmothers, aunts and anyone else who has willingly taken on the role and heart of a mother.
The true heart of a mother comes in many forms. We have birth mothers, adoptive mothers, grandmothers, god mothers, foster mothers, step mothers and any woman that takes on the task and duties related to being a mother. We characterize a mother as one who loves, nurtures, supports, cares, sacrifices, trains, teaches, protects, disciplines, corrects and much more. True mothers have a true heart, a heart that cannot compare to any other when it comes to the love for their children. In most cases there is an unfailing love that comes with the true heart of a mother.
Throughout the bible we see examples of mothers who display this true heart. Let’s begin with the mothers of Moses. His birth mother loved her son to the point she was willing to allow someone else to raise him in an effort to save his live. She knew that by keeping him her son would surely be killed. Although she may not have realized it but her heart for his life despite her misery helped her son to enter into God’s plan for his life. He would return to his people at God’s appointed time for God’s predetermined will.
Moses’ adoptive mother loved him in spite of his connection to her biologically. When he was found she immediately knew that he was not an Egyptian by birth but she loved him enough to raise him as one with all of the royalties that she felt was due unto him as her son. She did not allow his identity interfere with her heart for him. As a result of the hearts of his mothers Moses was able to walk into his destiny and fulfill his purpose. His name will now be forever known.
Hannah had a burning heart’s desire to become a mother although she was barren. This longing could not be filled with anything other than the child she was so desperate to have. The void in her heart caused her to be misunderstood as a result of her grief. Hannah cried unto God and in her distress she offered the son that she was not yet able to have, back to God. In his faithfulness, God remembered Hannah and blessed her with a son named Samuel. Just like Hannah a true heart of a mother realizes that the best place to have her child(ren) is in the hands of God. The mother of Samson was chosen to birth and raise him after being unable to conceive for many years. God gave her specific instructions in raising her son and she was obedient. The true heart of a mother realizes that the blessings for her children often lie in her obedience.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, had the true heart of a mother. One day while attending a wedding there was a need for more wine. Mary immediately knew that her son was more than capable of fixing the problem and meeting the need. Although Jesus response to his mother seemed to imply that he had no business being involved in the situation because it was not his time yet, Mary continued to prepare the servants to follow Jesus’ instructions. The true heart of a mother sees the potential in their children and despite the circumstances they always push them forward. Mary knew that with her son in the place, the one and true living savior, there should not be any lack. As a mother it was Mary’s job to motivate her son while showing him that she was his #1 supporter because she believed in his abilities. We have no idea if Mary was expecting Jesus to perform a miracle or provide in a more natural way but we do know that she was confident in his abilities to rectify the situation. This was the start of many miracles that would be performed by her son.
With the true heart of a mother comes many tears, fears and hurt. However, there are many proud moments, times of joy, laughter and excitement. The heart of a mother is very delicate yet extremely strong. Mothers have the ability to love unconditionally even in the midst of trying times. The true heart of a mother knows she cannot deliver her children from all things but she finds the strength to help them endure. The true heart of a mother never gives up on her children. For those true mothers and mother figures out there I want to encourage you today that God will honor you as he did Moses’ mother, remember you as he did Hannah, favor you as he did Mary and your children will rise up and call you blessed! You are great, needed and deserving of the honor you receive.
**This is dedicated to the woman who helped me become the woman of God I am today because of her true heart, my mother, Rose Brown. I love you mom and I thank for your sacrifice, your tears, your discipline and your teaching. Your hard work has and is paying off. Hugs and kisses from VA!!! **
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30