The day I realized I needed, REALLY needed my mom!!!
My son was two weeks old and my parents had driven across the country to help me in Texas. I was barely hanging on with this baby who never slept, and I couldn’t see past tomorrow. Sitting in that doctor’s office for my son’s two-week checkup, my mother leaned over to me and said, “Did you even shower today?”
Because I was a mess and there was no one in my life that could have gotten away with saying that to me, other than my mom.
Because she always knew when I needed that push, that hug, or that shower!!!!
And for many years we take for granted the presence of our mothers. Then we become one, and we look at our own with fresh eyes. And now with my mommy eyes, I see how she……
Took us to the pool when she probably just wanted an afternoon off.
She knew how to make a Halloween costume out of a pillowcase; and stretch a budget (and a bag of chocolate chips) further than it should go.
She taught me to make change, cook a meal, and love the beach.
She worked jobs that were far from her dream, to help make college a possibility.
She spent countless hours in that basement of ours…next to the washing machine and utility sink, ironing those wrinkles out of our clothes.
And in the eyes of a child, there are not many wrinkles a mama can’t iron out.
She taught me to be strong, when everyone saw me as weak.
She went without, so that we could have.
She loved, when we didn’t.
She persevered when we thought we knew better.
She embraced who we embraced, and loved those we loved. Even when she saw things we didn’t see.
She boarded a plane to places she thought she’d never go….because her daughter married this missionary and military man. So she’s sat on the backs of elephants and lounged at the edge of the Andaman Sea because she did not say we were crazy but instead, “I’ll see you there.”
She gave us the childhood she never had. While her childhood was marked with death and dying, ours was carefree, full of life, love and laughter.
She (along with my dad) carried some burdens we never knew existed (and probably still don’t).
And isn’t that what our Lord does as well? Carries burdens we don’t even know exist?
And that right there is a reflection of our heavenly Father’s (and mother’s) greatest love for us!!!
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you.” ~Philippians 1:2-3