In Search of the Perfect Mother

If you set out to find the perfect mother who would you use as the model?  Would it be Eve, the first woman on earth, the first wife, and the first mother?  Would it be Sarah, the mother of two nations, the Jewish and the Arab?  Would it be Rebekah, the mother of Esau and Jacob?  Would it be Jochebed, the mother of Moses the Law Giver?  Would it be Hannah, the mother of Samuel? Would it be Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist?  Or, would it be Mary, the mother of Jesus?

If you are searching for the perfect mother, you will not find her here on this earth, even if you think your mother is.  As I often say, we do not have perfect fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, or children, but we do have a perfect Father in heaven.  God is His name and the name of His Son is Jesus.   However, there is some perfect wisdom for all mothers found in the Scriptures:

* Don’t Let Fear be Your Guide – I John 4:18,  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has to do with punishment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.”    

Give God Your Worries – I Peter 5:7,Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Be an Example of Forgiveness – Ephesians 4:32, “And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”

* Teach True Love Through Respect for Yourself & Others – Mark 12:31,  And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these 

* God’s Will is Worth the Wait – Psalm 27:14,  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

* God Has a Plan Just for You – Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all your heart .  And do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him,  And He will make your paths straight.” 

* Listen First, Then Plan – I Samuel 3:10, “And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for your servant hears.”

* Nothing is too Hard for God – Jeremiah 32:7, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

* You Will Make a Difference – Proverbs 31:28-31,  ”Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.”

For those of us whose mothers have entered that realm beyond the skies where death shall be no more, we miss that comforting voice and those private prayers offered to God on our behalf.  There are no more sacred spots on earth than where our mothers were committed back to the earth.   While their spirits are with the Lord their mortal remains await the resurrection morning.  In that waiting room, known as the grave, there rest the one who nursed us in our infancy, taught us in our childhood, counseled us in our youth, and watched us as we left her home to begin our own.   

Thank God for a godly mother.  Her prayers and influence are ever woven into our DNA.  Her fervent love never goes out, never dims, never abandons.  Whether you never leave the county, or travel the world over, you will hear her voice, see her smile, and feel her presence until you embrace once again on that eternal shore.  The greatest gift a wife can give her husbandand a mother can give her children is to give them a godly wife and mother.  God bless the mother who has led her children to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Have you done that?  Truly, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  You will only find the perfect mother when you findGod the Father.