Thanks Mums!

It doesn’t take a genius to see that motherhood is a monumental task. Early mornings, late nights, interrupted sleep are all part of the normal experience. Add to that the natural tendencies of your child’s personality, at least part of which will undoubtedly prove to be challenging. Motherhood is a monumental, difficult task. So today, mothers, thank you for your work!

It’s a painful task. “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children” (Gen 3:16). Of course, we all know the process of giving birth is painful. Yet these words could also be applied to the lifetime of motherhood. Children make foolish choices in friends, dating, marriage. The pain involved in motherhood can at times be beyond what you think you can bear.

And, tragically, being unable to become a mother brings its own pain and heartache. We see the pain illustrated in 1 Sam 1 with Hannah, and while she was eventually graciously given a child, that is not always the case.

Motherhood is a monumental task, and full of pain. But, praise God, it’s also full of joy and laughter, because children are a blessing from our God (Psalm 127:3). Children are very skilled at conforming their parents into the image of Christ, which is painful, but reason for joy. Their smiles, laughter, successes and personalities are blessings from God, filling our lives with fun.

And thankfully, we worship a God who is in control of all circumstances, the painful and the joyful. All things occur according to the counsel of his will (Eph 1:11). He’s called you to this task, and has been with you the whole way. You’ve been a tool in his hand, and he has equipped you to do his will.

So thanks mums! Have a very happy Mother’s Day.