Small hands, feet, soft skin, coos, and bright eyes captivate every part of you. As you hold that little one in the cradle of your arms, you are not thinking about the next 18 years and what will happen throughout that time nor how fast it will flash by.
In honor of Mother’s Day, let us take a look at four ways Jesus teaches mothers in each season of motherhood.
Jesus Teaches Mothers How To Love, Care, & Treasure The Moments
The circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ were anything but ordinary. Christ’s birth brought new life into Mary and Joseph’s family. As everyone scurried around here and there proclaiming the birth of baby Jesus, Mary does something different.
They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. Luke 2:16-19
One look at the baby Jesus must have brought a flood of emotions into Mary’s heart. While I’m sure there was a multitude of things needing to be done, Jesus helped Mary to realize the most significant thing she needed at the moment was to love and care for God’s Son and to treasure every moment of it.
Taking time to pause is hard to do with a new baby, and if you have multiple children, the responsibilities do not lessen. The infant and early childhood years are fast and furious as the child develops physically as well as mentally.
It is a hard and busy season for a young mother, but one glance at baby pictures takes you right back to those precious moments with your child. Just as Jesus carried Mary through those early years of childhood, so He too carries the young mom.
When she thinks she can’t cook another meal, change another diaper, clean up another mess, or wash another load of clothes, Jesus reminds her to love, care, and treasure these precious moments.
Jesus Teaches Mothers How To Train And Encourage
As Christ began the transition from childhood to early adulthood, it becomes apparent that Mary needs to make some adjustments in her parenting too. Controlling and overseeing every activity and event would no longer be necessary.
When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for Him. After three days, they found Him in the temple complex sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all those who heard Him were astounded at His understanding and His answers.
When His parents saw Him, they were astonished, and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You.”
“Why were you searching for Me?” He asked them. “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what He said to them.
Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people. Luke 2:48-52
Jesus respectfully teaches His mother through the transition from boy to adulthood that God is faithful to guide and direct her child. Jesus had to help His mother and father see that God did have a call on His life and that He would be fulfilling that calling.
While Mary continues to help train Jesus in how to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and with people, so mothers in this season of life must do the same. Children are discovering more of who they are, what they like and don’t like, what they are good at, and who they want to be around.
It is during this stage that moms are often called to encourage the child during failures and disappointments. To remind the child that life does not end because someone doesn’t like you or you don’t make the cut for the team. Instead, the gentle reminder that they are loved, cared for, and valued by God becomes crucial.
When rushing from one event to another, staying up late listening to the latest drama in the school, or making enough food to feed an army, Jesus reminds the mother to continue training and encouraging.
Jesus Teaches Mothers How To Move From Biological Relationship To Spiritual
As Jesus entered into His earthly ministry and continued to fulfill God’s plan for His life, Mary’s relationship with her Son changes once again. While she is forever His biological mother, her relationship to Christ spiritually changes. She is no longer His mother but part of a greater family of brothers and sisters in Christ.
Then His mother and His brothers came, and standing outside, they sent word to Him and called Him. A crowd was sitting around Him and told Him, “Look, Your mother, Your brother, and Your sisters are outside asking for You.”
He replied to them, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”
And looking about at those who were sitting in a circle around Him, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! Whoever does the will of God is My brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:31-35
Transitions are hard. When changes involve the relationship between the tiny baby you held in your arms and the one now grown, it is doubly hard. No one ever truly wants to let go of anything let alone anyone. Our nature is to cling and hold on to what we love.
In the middle of His ministry, Jesus teaches Mary that her relationship with Him has now moved to one that is larger than just biological. She is part of the larger family of Christ, and in the next season, it will be even more evident.
By embracing and understanding this transition, a mother’s heart can rest in the faithfulness of God’s will and enjoy the spiritual relationship she now has with her child as a sister in Christ.
When it is time to leave the child at college, give their hand in marriage, or celebrate their first “real” job, Jesus reminds the mother to embrace the eternal spiritual relationship.
Jesus Teaches Mothers He Is The Comforter
Jesus’ life on earth does not come to an end before His mother dies. I am sure those who have lost a child through miscarriage, death, or infertility, can relate to the grief and pain Mary must have been feeling as she watched her Son hanging on the cross.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple He loved standing there, He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27
Even during this pain, grief, and sorrow, Jesus teaches His mother that He will continue to protect, provide, and care for her. When things seem incomprehensible, Christ encourages Mary to remember that God is good and the victory is the Lord’s.
When in the midst of grief and sorrow, Jesus reminds mothers He is the Comforter and Provider.
Take some time this Mother’s Day to thank God for your season of life.
Pray for the biological and spiritual mothers and grandmothers around you.
Join the Lord in ministering to them in whatever season of motherhood they are enjoying.
Allow Jesus to teach you in your season of motherhood.