Five Forgotten Characteristics Of Your Mother
A Mother Is A Special Woman – Part 2
It’s easy to place a mother on a pedestal as if she’s super-human and rightfully so. I believe every person has what it takes to go beyond a normal existence to one that’s extraordinary or in this case super-human. We all wish to think of our mother’s as the perfect mother. If you ask mom this Mother’s day does she see herself as the perfect mother, you just might not get the response you were looking for. However, what you would get is how your mother overcame her own adversities. In this NoLongerCommon (NLC) Today Mother’s Day special message, I want to share with you this perspective about your mother (and you if you’re a mother) and how it will help you appreciate her even the more.
Ordinary people have a bad habit of overlooking or even hiding the negative experiences and even the flaws of anything that brings light towards them. For example this Mother’s Day, you’ll see the Mother’s Day highlight reels on social media and not the adversities that got them there. I’ve discovered that the truth is, the roles that women play can be quite complicated. In fact, at times it can be darn messy. All that to say, it’s amazing how women can go through what they go through and still come out like champions. I want to take you through one such woman’s history. Through her mess and on her way to becoming the mother of all mother’s, she became the partner in producing the greatest nation on earth. Her name was Sarai.
She’s a Beautiful Woman
When Sarai was a young wife, she was extremely beautiful. Her beauty pleased her husband, who I will keep nameless for a moment.
“As he was approaching the border of Egypt, [her husband] said to his wife, Sarai, “Look, you are a very beautiful woman.” – bible.com/116/gen.12.11.nlt
Sarai’s story is like most, even to this day. The love story between her and her husband was textbook. He spoke of how beautiful she was. To her husband she was precious and your mother might share a similar beginning to her love story. Reflect back on her youth and her experiences when she was a young woman so that you can truly appreciate how she got to where she is today. She’s not just a mother, but a beautiful woman.
Along with Sarai’s beauty came her connection with God. In her story, because beauty is a gift from God, He protects her when people try to misuse and abuse this gift. Most of us can certainly empathize with this.
Sarai and her husband due to famine in their land had to travel to Egypt. As a result they entered an unsafe part of the country. Sarai’s husband, concerned that the inhabitants might take his beautiful wife and kill him, came up with a scheme to pretend that she and he were brother and sister. This plan spared their lives but Sarai was taken nonetheless. Have you ever considered what your mother or the women in your life may have endured in their journey? Are we just skipping the highs and lows of their journey to get to the here and now?
“But the Lord sent terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai.” – bible.com/116/gen.12.17.nlt
Fortunately for Sarai, she had this connection with God who saved her. Do you have a mother who is connected to the only one who can truly save her? God coming to Sarai’s rescue sent a plague upon her captors and was released unharmed. Later in her life Sarai experienced the same kidnapping a second time. Can you imagine a repeat occurrence? Fortunately, she knew God as a deliverer and again he rescued her from harm. She was taken by a king named Abimelech and God once again intervened.
“In the dream God responded, “Yes, I know you are innocent. That’s why I kept you from sinning against me, and why I did not let you touch her. Now return the woman to her husband, and he will pray for you, for he is a prophet. Then you will live. But if you don’t return her to him, you can be sure that you and all your people will die.”” – bible.com/116/gen.20.6-7.nlt
Her gift, her beauty, drew the attention of others and as a result abuse of the gift, her capture, fell into her path, but when it’s a gift from God, He makes certain it remains safe and this is the very thing He has done for your beautiful mother.
She’s a Partner in the Mission
God had made a promise to Sarai’s husband that he and she would be the beginning of a great nation of people. Sarai’s problem was she couldn’t have children and she was getting older. She and her husband came up with a plan which involved using a surrogate to have a son and move their mission forward. While this was the wrong move, God didn’t change players, He kept Sarai as his choice for this mission.
“So Sarai said to [her husband], “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And [her husband] agreed with Sarai’s proposal.” – bible.com/116/gen.16.2.nlt
The Promise God made to her husband wouldn’t work without Sarai and the plan God had for your mother wouldn’t work without her.
“Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the LORD took [her husband] outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” – bible.com/bible/116/GEN.15.4-5.NLT
She’s a Person Chosen to Continue In The Process
What God had promised Sarai seemed impossible. She laughed at what God was asking her to be a party to with her husband. She knew the limitations she was working with. How many times has your mother faced circumstances that seemed like there was no way, no answer? Yet, somehow she found a way.
“[Sarai’s husband and Sarai] were both very old by this time, and [she] was long past the age of having children. So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” – bible.com/116/gen.18.11-14.nlt
In spite of what seemed impossible, there was something God saw in Sarai and there’s something that God saw in your mother that made Him continue to use her in the process that made you. Now we’re getting to “the why” we should be more than appreciative.
“Then the Lord said…Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and she will have a son.””- bible.com/116/gen.18.11-14.nlt
She’s a Woman Who Has Been Truly Blessed
Your mother is more than her past. She’s been called to be a mother. Sarai was so special to God that He disassociated her with her past experiences, shortcoming, and insecurities by giving her a new name. What you see in your mother is a person who made it through past experiences to become this great person you now know as mom today.
“Then God said, “Regarding Sarai, your wife—her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah. And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.”” – bible.com/116/gen.17.15-16.nlt
God took Sarai from Sarai, the person who was without child, to the person who overcame barrenness to become richly blessed. I think what we see in the women, specifically mothers, in our lives are the women who went through trials but God brought them out to be women who are richly blessed. This Mother’s Day you’re looking at your mother, a woman who has been truly blessed.
She’s a Mother to the One God Wanted to Produce
I know you might not see this coming, but your mother’s mission from God was to get you here and your mission from God was to get your child her. Sarah endured a lot to get to this one moment. Her lifetime passed and it wasn’t until old age set in that she saw what God wanted of her the whole time.
“The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised.
She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age.
Abraham [her husband] was 100 years old when Isaac was born. And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter.
All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”” – bible.com/116/gen.21.1-7.nlt
Sarah becomes the mother of all mothers. Sarah’s legacy lasts forever and so will your mother’s. Your mother is the mother of all mothers because she is your mother. Happy Mother’s Day!