‘Give your mother a reason to be glad.’ Proverbs 23:25 NCV
There is no assignment on earth that requires the array of skills and understanding needed by a mum in fulfilling her everyday duties. Stop and think about what her job involves. She must be a resident psychologist, doctor, theologian, educator, nurse, chef, taxi driver, fire warden, and occasional police officer. Try to imagine what it would cost you to go out and hire all those skill sets. And even if you could, how would you know you could trust them?
Go ahead, join Mum on a mid-morning visit to the doctor’s surgery. After sitting for forty-five minutes with a fussy, feverish toddler on her lap, she and her baby are finally ushered into the examining room. The doctor checks out the sick child and then tells the woman with a straight face, ‘Be sure you keep him quiet for four or five days. Don’t let him scratch the rash. Make certain he keeps the medicine down, and you’ll want to watch his stools.’
‘Yeah, sure, Doc! Any other suggestions?’
‘Just one. This disease is contagious, so keep your other kids away from him, and I’ll see you in a week.’
The amazing thing is that most mothers would get this job done—and they would do it with love and wisdom. That’s because God made them good at what they do. And He gave them a passion for their children. They would, quite literally, lay down their lives to protect the children entrusted to their care. And that’s why they are deserving of our admiration—on Mother’s Day, and all the other days of the year. So the word for today is: ‘Give your mother a reason to be glad.’
SoulFood: Jonah 1:10–2:10, Matt 12:38–42
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023