Scripture: John 14:1-14 CEB
Today we celebrate Mother’s Day. Even in this challenging season, we can take the time to honor the woman or women we love on this special day. A good mother exemplifies through her actions the kind of trust that Jesus is inviting us to have in Him as specified in today’s Scripture.
God uses motherly love to give us a glimpse into His divine love and purposes. Mothers naturally share the love God has given them to us. We trust our mother’s commands because they have loved us, and taught us with so much care. Whenever we do wrong, they correct us and expect the best from us. A mother’s prayers for her children are powerful. She advises her children to stay together. Kids know they should follow their beloved mother’s instructions no matter the struggles they face. This is because a mother’s loving acts help her children trust her.
Last Thursday, I read an article in the Washington Post where seven siblings from different states came back to visit their elderly and very ill mother with COVID-19. They were camping outside her room, close to her window. The youngest child said these words that caught my attention, “ If these were going to be mom’s final days, we all wanted to surround her”(1). These children put aside everything and traveled from many states so that they could be with their mother throughout the whole process. She had instilled in them the importance of holding together as a family. The article says that their mother was frail, and couldn’t talk much, but she put her hand on the window and they put theirs too to feel the connection.
In this sacrificial love we can see Jesus’ love. Jesus has said to us: “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me.” And “When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am, you will be too.” These words reverberate in our hearts and encourage us to put our faith in Jesus and trust him in everything we do.
Jesus’ disciples had experienced God’s love in all Jesus’ teachings and His performed miracles. However, until Jesus’ Resurrection, they didn’t accept the important role that suffering had to play for His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Here is where we can learn another important lesson from the mothers in our lives. Sometimes it is through suffering that our faith and trust in Christ can grow. Childbirth brings suffering and pain, but many mothers have said that it is all worth it when they receive in their arms a new miracle of life. But, a mother’s pain doesn’t end at childbirth. They give sacrificial love for the sake of their children throughout their lives. Mothers give us a striking example of what it means to follow in Jesus’ footsteps when they courageously trust God even through the hard times. They learn lessons of faith and pass them on to us. They come to agree with the hope of the Apostle Paul as well as the Patriarch Abraham in Rom 4:18–19 that with God, the impossible will become possible. I have learned from my mother’s love and now my wife that I can trust God. Because they have both lived through hard times, both confidently remind me that the Lord never lies, and God always fulfills His promises; if He said so, He’ll do it. God is at our side close to us, mostly in those moments when we feel lonely or troubled. He never sleeps or rests, even when He is working with us and for us when He is in silence. As I experience Jesus’ presence, power, and wisdom in both of these women, their faith and loving actions have affirmed my faith. Because of these two mother’s hopes in God, God has strengthened my belief in Jesus’ words and deepened my trust in Him.
Of course, this kind of trust is meant to lead us to action!
Jesus said, “I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father can be glorified in the Son.”
Today, Jesus is inviting us to trust Him. We can find the strength to do so because He loves us and has shown it in his words and deeds. This is a freewill call that we need to take especially when we are in a challenging situation. We must trust and believe we are going to overcome it.
The Bible tells us that there is a mighty cloud of witnesses who have already arrived in heaven and are cheering us on in our battles and victories. My own dear mother is there, maybe yours is too. Or maybe you are a mother whose child is there in the arms of Jesus. All these heavenly saints are believing and trusting in Jesus to make all things good for us. Our prayers mingle with theirs as we ask God for strength and wisdom.
Let’s trust Jesus, do His Holy will, because He loves us. He is present and walks among us. And all who are with Him are also on our side.
- Sydney Page, Washington Post May 7. 2020 7:00 am