With Mother's Day approaching I've been feeling a little sad. I didn't feel it much last year, because I was so tired and numb after months of caring for my mother who died of breast cancer in October 2006. This year, however, it's different. I am more rested and have time to reflect on this loss, which can surface in rather odd ways. Yesterday, for example, I pulled into my driveway and wondered what it would be like to see her standing there waiting for me. I don't know what prompted this thought other than she was simply on my mind.
Fortunately, as if to redirect my focus, God reminded of the blessings of being a mother. Pointing out the sweet spirit of each of my children, what a wonderful father my husband is to them, and the honor I have as their mother, I couldn't help but smile with delight. After all, I have nothing to be sad about. Mom is in heaven with God, fully restored, and I have a wonderful family to enjoy as I do what God has called me to do here on earth.
It was gracious of God to replace my sadness with joy and to remind me of all He has given. For this reason I am thankful and eagerly anticipate celebrating two things this Mother's Day: all the good thinks my mother taught me and the chance to raise my children to love, honor, and obey the great I AM!
Ecclesiastes 12:13b "...Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.