They say there’s no such thing as a mother’s love. Upon my first Mother’s Day after Emalynn was born I was writing out a card to my mom and it hit me…one of those ah-ha moments. I realized that I never understood how much my mom really loved me until I had a child of my own. I knew that no matter how old I get, I will always need her. I knew that no one can make a tuna fish sandwich taste as good as my mom does. I knew that she would always be there for me no matter what. But I didn’t realize until that moment, when I thought about how much I loved my own miraculous, precious baby girl, is her unconditional mother’s love for me.
This morning I was feeling quite hopeless and a friend sent me this verse.
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you” (Isa. 66:13).
She prayed it God would love and comfort me today. I sobbed as I read it. I have been feeling so ill and all I could think about is how I am not being a very good mom to my children right now. How I prayed that God is holding them in His everlasting arms of love and grace knowing that He is able to love and care for them so much better than I am. I didn’t know how this day would turn out, but He did.
Who showed up at my door this afternoon with cookies? My mom! Who made the boys’ bunk beds? My mom! Who brought a Thanksgiving craft for her grandchildren? My mom! Who vacuumed and dusted and took out the trash and helped Jackson with his homework? My mom! After a morning spent taking that verse the wrong way making it all about me, my own mom showed up and happily took care of everyone and everything. God comforted me using the only woman who can comfort me in that way. My mom. And the icing on the cake? God used my husband’s mom to gift us with dinner. She brought us his childhood favorite complete with all of his favorite fixings. He has raved about it for years. There are just some things only your mom can do for you that touch you such a special way.
I do not find this a coincidence. Where God is involved, there is no such thing. While there are many spiritual mothers in my life that I love, and who love me dearly, I have to agree with that old saying. There is no woman that can love you like your mom. Somehow everything that seemed hopeless now has God’s Light shining on it. Though I still suffer in the here and now, and while I don’t understand, it won’t last forever. There will come a day when there will be no more sorrow and no more pain and He will wipe every tear from my eye for good. Until that glorious day, He comforts me in ways that only He can…just like my own mom does.