A reflection on the evolving treasure children find in their moms as they grow.
Proverbs 31: 26-29 NIV
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
A mom is a wonderfully, mystifying treasure we are given by our heavenly Father.
As infants she is our entire world. We are comforted by the sound of her voice, the touch of her hand, her scent as we snuggle in, and the safety of being held in her arms. We coo and giggle as we look upon her smiling face; we even squeal with delight when we see her come into the room! We drift off to sleep to the soothing rhythm of our mom rocking us back and forth.
As we grow, we are excited and amazed to learn our mom is among the league of super heroes! She is like the justice league all rolled up into one! She uses her invisible powers when we play hide and seek, her kisses magically heal every owwie, she can user her laser powers to see through anything in our house to find our favorite toy when it’s missing, and she runs faster than lightening when we try to venture into the road. Moms sure are fast! Moms also have supersonic hearing. The slightest movement I make in bed has her launching herself from a dead sleep to our bedside to see if we are alright. How can one mom have so many super powers at one time? We don’t know how God did it, but it sure is cool having a super hero for a mom.
As we grow a little older, we look to our moms with great awe and love. As little boys we often say we want to grow up and marry our moms, until Dad steps in and says this one is already taken, then we decide we want to marry someone just like our mom. As little girls, we want to be like our mom. We put on her heels and clomp around the house in them; we watch her put on her make-up or style her hair, and we tell her how beautiful she is. As young children we play house and mimic what we see our moms doing and show that same great care to the babies we have. You teach us how to care for others Mom!
As we continue to grow, our words often become fewer in our admiration and appreciation for you, our great treasure; but don’t ever doubt for one moment Mom if you are still our super-hero. You are still at the center of our world. Deep inside we want to shout out “I love you Mom and I still need you!” but we’re trying to figure out how to be all grown up. It’s all confusing and wonderful at the same time. We know you are there; you will always be there for us, and that is such a great comfort to us. We know we don’t tell you that often right now, but it is our security when we lay our head down at night knowing you are right there.
As we graduate from school and head into the world, we know you will be our biggest fan and we love you so much for that! Whatever direction life takes us, you are right there to support and encourage us. You remind us to be brave and you still heal every wound when when we fall. We believe we can achieve our dreams because you told us we could. It is your voice we want to hear when we reach those goals, because it is still such a sweet, sweet comfort to us.
Time marches on and we build lives of our own. We get very busy again in our jobs, caring for our homes, and raising our own children. We think of you often though. How much more precious your wisdom is to us in this season of life. We need you still to guide and encourage us in this journey of being a wife or husband, a mother or father, and a giving person in our community. We love seeing your face light up as you hold and play with your grandchildren.
The longer life goes on, the more treasured our relationship becomes. You are so much more than Mom to us, you are a cherished friend who has been along side our entire journey in this life. It is as if God gave us you as the physical representation of His abiding love and reassuring presence in our lives. We are so grateful He gave you to us. You are and have always been a wonderfully, mystifying treasure to us.
May this reflection bring a refreshing to your soul, a strengthening in your faith, and encouragement to persevere in raising your children up to know and follow the Lord. You have a tremendous influence on your children’s lives. May the love of God fill you and flow through in abundance and cover your children. May God make His face shine upon you this Mother’s Day, and may you know with certainty how very loved you are.
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