Reflection: Happy Mother’s Day. I assume mothers reading this are not concerned that they haven’t received a ruby ring! In fact, there is a much better gift we can ask for and I can guarantee it is a gift we need way more than any material things.
My problem is, I forget. I keep trying to do things in my own strength.
Let me tell you the time I started to take note of James’ exhortation. When I was desperate. There are many things in life that can undo us, but one of the biggies is probably parenting!
Our children know how to push our every button. They know how to test every boundary. They get sick and we are scared. They get more independent, and we become fearful. They get into trouble, and we despair or get angry. These are my moments of weakness and failure. Of hopelessness and self-loathing. Where else can I go but to God? My husband and I, failing on our own, learned to seek out God’s wisdom. James promises that we won’t be judged. In fact, the opposite. God gives generously without finding fault to those who ask! Can you not feel God’s healing love seep deeply into you at that extraordinary thought?
What moments of desperation have you experienced when you sought God’s wisdom?
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for mothers. Thank you for the wisdom of mothers, wisdom that comes from you. Help me to pray for parents, grandparents, and children and to seek your wisdom for the concerns that impact my daily life. Amen.