Like the mother who packed the simple lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fish for her son as he set off to see Jesus for himself. Jesus. The man who everyone was saying could do miracles. What was her reaction when he burst in the door with the story of a miracle that the two of them had actually been a part of: “Mom, you’ll never guess what Jesus did with the food you gave me!” (from John 6)
How did the mother of the prodigal son respond when she saw her son shuffling down the dusty road toward home? Had she been standing by her husband’s side every day, looking down that road, wondering in hopeful expectation of the day their son’s figure might appear? Did she hum a tune of praise as she prepared his welcoming feast? Or was she more like their older son, wearing a scowl and an attitude that said, “You’re going to have to earn my trust again, buddy”? (from Luke 15)
Was Jairus’ wife anxiously watching from the window as her husband left in a desperate search for Jesus? Jesus. Their very last hope to save their precious daughter’s life. The life that was only hanging now by a thread. Did she see the interruption—after Jesus was finally on his way to their house—by the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years? Did all her hope for a miracle slip out the window as she heard her daughter breathe her last? He’s too late. Could she ever have imagined the even greater miracle of Jesus raising their daughter from the dead? New life. A new start. Not only for their daughter but for this precious mother as well. A new faith. In Jesus. Who could do the impossible. (from Mark 5)
What was the mother of Mary like? How did she handle the news of her daughter’s seemingly scandalous pregnancy? Did she believe and support her daughter’s story of the angel’s coming and giving her the incredible news that she had been chosen to bear God’s Son? Did she affirm the words “Nothing is impossible with God”? Or did she, like many others in their hometown, think the worst of her daughter? And what kind of grandmother was she to Jesus? (from Luke 1)
What was King Saul’s wife like? I want to think that she was a godly mother because her son Jonathan and her daughter Michal became the best friend and wife of David. I’d like to think that their character traits of loyalty, faith, and courage—that enabled them to stand up against their intimidating father when they knew he was wrong, in order to protect David—came at least in part from their mother’s godly influence in their lives. (from 1 Samuel 14-20)
And as I wonder about these mothers and hope to know their stories one day in heaven—I’m challenged to think about myself as a mother. A mother who wants to be faithful in the everyday things and joyful at unexpected surprises like the lunch-packing mama. A welcoming and merciful mother when her prodigal son comes limping home. A mother transformed by Jesus, who can hold on to hope when all hope seems lost. A mother who believes her children and who truly believes that “nothing is impossible with God.” And a mother who passes on godly traits to her children, by her example and influence in their lives.