Moms have a special gift. Their gift does not involve shooting lasers from their eyes or flying; it involves their stamina, their loyalty, their love. I am willing to bet there are no other people on this earth more willing to put others before themselves than a mom is for her children. I am willing to bet that no one will take up for you more than your mom. Why is this? Why for thousands of years have women, moms specifically, been so loyal and willing to go the extra mile for the ones they love?
Let’s look at one woman from the Bible who did just that. In the Book Ruth, we meet a women who is happily married and living with her husband’s family, loving life. She is surrounded by joy and family, all seems well in the world. Then the ball drops…her husband dies.
“and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.” Ruth 1:5
Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law, begs her to return to her family and to find another husband.
“Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Ruth 1:8-9
Time and time again Ruth insists on joining Naomi back in her homeland of Jerusalem.
“But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” Ruth 1:16-17
This portion of the story reminds me so much of interactions I have had with my own mother. I will push and push to have something turn out the way I want, much like Naomi did, and she, like Ruth, is persistent and will not back down. Ruth will not forsake Naomi. Boy, is that my mom. No matter what I do, no matter what I say, no matter how many times I backtalk her, she always loves me. She never leaves me and she never gives up on me.
Like Ruth, my mother, and I’m sure many moms reading this right now, are willing to leave everything they know, drop everything for their children, as Ruth was willing to do for Naomi. Every day moms put their children’s needs above your own, their well-being above your own, and their happiness above your own. You are willing to give up everything you have and know for the sake of another.
To me this sounds a lot like the unconditional love displayed by our Heavenly Father. This love reflects the truthfulness and the gentleness of the Father’s heart because His is this type of love. Did Christ not leave all He had for His children? Did He not sacrifice everything for the ones He loved? Does He not love us regardless of how we act towards Him or treat Him?
I believe that Ruth’s story was powerful enough to be given an entire book in the Bible because she demonstrates for us the powerful, never-changing, never-ceasing love and loyalty God has for us.
He placed the gentlest, loving, caring, patient parts of Himself inside women, so that when moms follow after Christ those qualities can be brought to life. They can show a small reflection of God’s love to their children.
Show your super hero mom some love today, because the love she has shown you is a true gift from God.
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