Have you ever felt this way? If you are a mom I’m absolutely sure you have. If you haven’t just set you watch because it will happen sooner than later. Being a mom is not an easy task in any stretch of the imagination. There are diapers to change, dishes to wash, band aids to apply and tears to wipe. There were many times when my children were small that I totally felt like chopped liver as they would always run to mommy when a tender touch needed applied. There’s something special in a mothers touch and voice that seems to make everything so much better.
I do know that we live in a broken world and not everyone identifies with having a mother that was always there for them. Even if this is the case there are those who have spoken life into us through other relationships. On days such as Mother’s Day I like to recognize other ladies out there who invest much of their lives to nurturing others. These women who give so much when nothing is really required of them to do so. Maybe you are a caregiver, mentor or just have influence on another. In a way you have the same loving influence on others as a mother has on her child.
We see this so clearly in the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Old Testament. I will be speaking on this passage Sunday, but wanted to give you a glimpse into one of the most beautiful stories of love and devotion in the OT. Naomi and her family had to move away from their homeland because of famine and found themselves planted in the land of Moab. Their two sons eventually got married and one of these young wives was Ruth. In time Naomi’s husband dies as does her two sons leaving only Naomi and her two daughter-in-laws to survive on their own. This was not a desirable situation given the time in history and the ruggedness of the people and culture. Naomi gets word that the famine had passed and plans to return home. Even though she strongly urges the young ladies to stay in their homeland, Ruth insists on following Naomi back to Bethlehem (Ruth 1:16-18). This would be a place where Ruth would have no kin, no security and no promise of provision. The trip from Moab to Bethlemem would have taken between 7-10 days. It would have required them to cross the river Jordan and to climb the 2000 plus feet in elevation required to reach Bethlehem… and yet Ruth traveled on with Naomi. (Read the entire story HERE)
In the end, you discover that you don’t have to be a biological mother to have the loving characteristics of a mom. In many of our relationships with one another we have the opportunity to invest love, encouragement and hope into the lives of those around us. Isn’t that the mark of a Godly woman anyway? Read this beautiful description of what God calls a Godly Woman to be… Proverbs 31:10-31.
So, I write this just to say thank you to all the women (mother or not) in our lives that invest and fight for Godly relationships. Whether you are a mother, daughter, friend, caregiver or mentor we salute your faithfulness to the Kingdom of God. You are loved and we honor you as Boaz did Ruth for her faithfulness to Naomi (Ruth 2:11-12).