I believe that motherhood is one of the toughest jobs on earth. Other jobs may require more physical strength or demand more mental prowess but no other job can compare with being a mother. No other role can take your heart on the wild roller coaster ride of raising children. A mother’s heart is carried to the heights of joy and to the depths of sorrow. Her body is stressed with the sleepless nights of caring for a sick or fussy child. Her emotions are tested with the rebelliousness of her precious teenager.
In the Bible we find evidence of this toughest job on earth. The Old Testament mother Hannah prayed desperately for a child and God graciously answered her prayer. However when young Samuel was still young she let him go to learn the ways of God with Eli the priest. Letting go is one of a mother’s toughest responsibilities. Letting them go to that first day of school, or off to college, or to get married is not easy on a mother’s heart. I think of another tough role that many mothers have to face. Mary the mother of our Lord was told by an angel that a sword would pierce her heart. Of course this refers to the unimaginable sorrow that would pierce her heart when she watched her son die on the cross. Many mothers have to witness their children go through situations that are unbelievably tough. She often feels Mary’s sword pierce her own heart. I think another tough job for mothers is found in 3 John 4. The verse says: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth”. John was referring to his children in the Lord and the great joy he had when they continue to follow the Lord and His Word. If a mother’s greatest joy would be to have her children walk in truth, perhaps her greatest sorrow would be when they are not walking in the truth. Yet those faithful mothers still pray, still love, and still trust God for their children.
Being a godly mother is not for the faint of heart. Just as it is the toughest job on earth many would tell us it is also the greatest job on earth.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation