A mother called by God does not have to be perfect
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Linda Huckins, of Malden, Massachusetts, tried perfection one day, on the day her daughter got married. As she tells the story, she went to the front of the church to light one of the three candles. “Not realizing the potential hazard, I got too close and set my acrylic nail on fire.
Trying not to ruin my daughter’s big day, I calmly lit the candle from my flaming nail and then, like a gunslinger with his six-shooter, I blew it out. Needless to say, my blackened nail was the talk of the reception!” (Linda Huckins, Malden, Massachusetts. “Rolling Down the Aisle,” Christian Reader).
Dr. Benjamin Carson, renowned surgeon at Johns Hopkins, tells a moving story about his mother. Mrs. Carson insisted that Ben and his brother Curtis write a book report every couple of weeks. This wasn’t for school – this was for their mom. Ben and Curtis dutifully obeyed.
About the time he was in junior high, Ben finally realized something quite shocking. His mom couldn’t read. For years Ben had read books and scratched out reports, assuming that his mom was checking every word. But she didn’t have a clue what he was saying.
Now consider this: Raised by an illiterate mother, Ben grew up to be a world-famous surgeon who was featured in many articles and was the author of several books. His illiterate mom didn’t twist her hands over her lack of learning and give up hope of raising intelligent boys. Instead, she gave her boys what she had – interest, accountability, and the courage to demand extra work. (Gifted Hands, 1990, Ben Carson).
Despite the fact that she was the mother of Jesus, Mary wasn’t perfect! When Jesus performed his first miracle, Mary’s conversation is the most unusual part of the water-turned-into-wine story.
Jesus said to Mary, “Woman, why do you involve me?” It’s not my time! Two things: First, a word to children … Don’t try this at home! Second, think of the awkwardness of this situation. Mary’s request and conversation with Jesus appears to be out of line with what Jesus was ready to do. Though Jesus performed the miracle, there’s a feeling that he did so in part because his mother put him on the spot.
If that’s not a clear indication of Mary’s imperfection, a second case is.
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
If Mary had understood the task of Jesus, would she have tried to interrupt him, or even agree with his unbelieving brothers that his ministry needed to be tempered. Stopping the ministry of Jesus, even for a little white? That was a mistake on Mary’s part.
You’ve made mistakes in the past, you’ll certainly make a mistake or two today, and you’ll make more mistakes tomorrow. Through it all, God will love you, work with you, and accept you. Through it all, your task of mothering, or of grand-mothering, will be accomplished.
How many women have been discouraged by the last few words of Proverbs? It is there that the author writes of the perfect woman. There are 22 lines in the poem, and each one of them begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It’s an acrostic poem that speaks of an imaginary woman. She never sleeps, and she always works. OK, so that’s the part of the poem that is reality. But in the poem, she manages a fleet of ships, she runs a farm, she manages a staff, she sews like a fashion expert, she cooks, cleans, and home-schools her children. She has a feast waiting on her husband when he arrives home from his much-less demanding job, and she needs no car pool whatsoever. She simply puts on her Super-mother cape and flies her children to their next appointment.
If we were to see in English what we can’t see in Hebrew, perhaps it would be a poem that said, “A is for the Apple pie she bakes; B is for the babies she loves; C is for the cleaning of the house;” right on down to “Z is for the Zoo she manages in the back yard.” Any woman who tries to emulate the woman of Proverbs 31 will understand the first line that says, “A wife like this … who can find her?!”
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