The attachment of mother and child is the closest natural relationship on earth. There are so many lessons illustrated through the dynamic union created by God for the procreation of the human race. In her womb, she carries and nurtures it as it develops into a matured life that is ready to pass through the birth canal. Her body goes through a metamorphosis in preparation for the day of delivery. Everything she does leading up to that moment has an effect upon the precious gift from God that she carries. It parallels the Creation narrative when the Holy Spirit incubated over the face of the waters and waited for the spoken Word of Father God. After God said the words, “Let there be,” the Holy Spirit moved in an effort to make what was spoken to become. Similarly, God spoke His Word over each of us when He said “Let there be” over you. Your being was kept and formed in the secret place of your mother’s womb.
The future of the world is contained in seed form, where everything reproduces after its own kind. Yet, it develops into its ultimate state according to how it is nurtured. It is as if God allows children to be born to perpetuate His purpose and design for your lineage. Your bloodline would be incomplete without you. No individual on earth mysteriously enters into this life, for there was a seed brought forth that contained within it the history of the lineage of the father. Fatherhood in the Hebrew language is Pater, meaning, “brought forth from.” All things are of God and unto God, our Heavenly Father. The newborn child does not know his lineage or the potential of fulfilling his or her destiny. The mother feeds her child with what God gives it from within herself, and it feeds on all that is needed for the life to grow. Yet the mystery remains as to what the child is yet to become.
The instinctive cry of a child alerts her of her child’s need. She responds to unformed words and interprets the need and the heart of her child. The child, over time, learns how to communicate responsively. The mother instructs her child in ways to construct its emotional frame. Concurrently, we see the work of the Holy Spirit in the way she leads her child. He meets our needs, nurtures and instructs us on how we ought to respond. Even when there is nothing but deep groans, they make sense to Him as He interprets the inarticulate. There must be an established standard nurtured for children to grow healthily. If rebellion is nurtured, the child will grow up thinking that any act, regardless of how wrong, is justified. The world is a vicious and violent place to live, and in a godless and fatherless environment, instructions are scarce as to the governing principles of our lives. Fathers ought to provide for mothers a standard and provisions for that the accompaniment of nurture to have it fullest effect.
When Jesus was being crucified and hanging on the cross, He took time out of His suffering to speak to His disciple, John, saying to him, “Behold Thy mother.” What He was saying to John was, “What I have received from My Father and have given to you, use it to take care of My mother and treat her has your own.” Why was this moment so special? Jesus was expressing His appreciation for the thirty-three years of nurturing and love that He received from her. Jesus was reminded of her value in His life and the encouragement He received from her throughout His many years of life and ministry. He was saying to John, “treat her as I would treat her. The acts of kindness I had received, treat her as if it was you instead of Me.” Now as we celebrate our mothers, let us remember that God gave her to us as His gift. Love her as Jesus loved His mother, for the potency of His love is expressed through her.