Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Tale of Two Mothers

Many years ago, two ordinary women became mothers at about the same time. Their sons were born only months apart.

We don’t know much about these women, but we do know things weren’t easy for either of them. One had been unable to have children until she was old. The other was pregnant before she was married, and had to give birth under uncomfortable, unsanitary conditions, after which her baby was in danger of being killed by the decree of a paranoid king.

What countless other trials these two endured while their boys were growing up, none but God knows today. Sadly, in manhood, their sons both died untimely and cruel deaths.  One of the women even witnessed her son being killed.

Yet these women succeeded in doing the will of God, because they were willing to be mothers.

How do we know about these women? Their stories are found in the Bible. One was Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and one was Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, whom she knew to be -- and whom Christians now know to be -- the Son of God, and our Lord and Savior.

Would we claim that what these women did with their lives was insignificant or in vain? Who among believers would assert that there has been any woman who has had greater positive influence on the world, than what Mary had because of what she was willing to do for God -- even though it was difficult, and even though she didn't always understand it?

Let us have the wisdom and courage as mothers to not only study God's word, but to apply what we learn to our hearts and lives. May we have the strength to follow the examples of godly women provided to us, to say as Mary did, “Behold, the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

This post is part of a series about the "Stay at Home Mom" (SAHM). If you'd like to read more, go here.

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