With Mother’s Day right around the corner, there has been a lot on social media lately celebrating us Mama’s. And yet while it does feel good to be praised for all the things we Mama’s do on a daily basis, I think the true glory and praise here go to God and God alone. Because let’s face it, it’s only by His grace that we get through the day. It’s only by His grace that, regardless of all of our mess, our kids turn out alright at the end of the day.
Risen Motherhood put out a question the other day over their social media accounts asking their followers to share what ways “God is using the gospel to grow and transform you in your role as a mother.” It was one of those questions that I had to dwell on for a while, pondering which out of the million things God has taught me so far on this journey of motherhood stands out the most. Here is what my heart kept taking me back to:
Life is filled with many seasons, each season bringing its own unique struggles and obstacles, each containing its own version of hard. And all too often we get hung up on the struggles and obstacles and hard stuff, seeing them only in a negative light. We believe that they are hindrances with the only purpose of hold us back from whatever lays ahead, from joy and blessing, from the One we our hearts are continually longing and searching for.
Too often we fight the hard, wishing it away. But what if I told you that in a way the struggles and obstacles and hard stuff are actually gifts, gifts with a purpose of drawing us ever nearer to the heart of Christ, nearer to the foot of the Father’s Throne.
We need to take joy in the hard stuff because it’s through the obstacles, the struggles, the hard where patient endurance and perseverance is produced, and endurance builds up our character to mirror that of Christ, it builds up our experience and proof of that which is Truth, which in turn produces hope and faith, the joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation (Romans 5:3-5).
So if there is one thing that God is using the gospel to grow and transform me in my role as a Mama, it’s that over and over again we see that this life is not glamorous. And yet, over and over again we see through Christ’s life and the lives of His disciples that it’s in the midst of the mess and dirt that true life miraculously takes root and blooms.
Take heart, dear Mama, because there is hope and purpose in the hard, in the mundane, in the mess.
With all my love,