Chuck Terrill: In many ways, moms are like God
What the world needs more than anything else is a demonstration of the character qualities of God.
Many in our culture are denying the existence of God. They just haven't seen God in action. God's activity is not hard to spot. If you will look for it.
Consider your own mom. She has taught you more about God than you might realize. Moms might not know it, but they are giving the world a glimpse of the glory of God. The world can see God through the uniqueness of mothers. There is absolutely nothing ordinary about being a mom.
Did you ever hear a mom likened to a “mother bear?” That's not a derogatory statement. In Hosea 13.8 God is portrayed “like a she bear robbed of her cubs.” Your mother was your first, and perhaps greatest, protector in life. We thank God for moms who protected us in the womb, and continued to do so for many years after our births. We see the protection of God in the lives of our mothers.
Mothers are the greatest comforters that their children will ever experience. In Isaiah 66.13, our God vows: “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” The tender touch of God is ministered to a child's feverish forehead when his mother places her hand there. We can see God in the comfort given to us by our mom. We thank God for the selfless comfort that our mothers ministered to us through many dark nights.
In Luke 13.34, Jesus states, “How I have longed to gather you beneath my wings like a hen gathers her chicks.” He was talking about the warm compassion of His love. Jesus could see a mother's love in watching hens care for their babies. How much more compassion does He see, as He watches moms lovingly take care of the unending needs of her children?
There is nothing ordinary about being a mom. They love us. They laugh with us, and at us. They listen to us, no matter what. They comfort us just like God, Himself, would comfort us. They protect us like a momma bear, and we need their protection. They keep us under their wings of love and compassion. Moms work with us, and for us. They change us in more ways than one. They play with us and teach us how to play well with others. They counsel us and critique us for our own good.
It is easy for moms to miss the impact they are having on the world. God is watching. He knows about your needs and He cares about you. Mom, God is proud of you, and we are, too.
Moms are doing far more than they realize. They are painting a portrait of Jesus.
“May she who gave you birth rejoice!” (Proverbs 23.25)
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.