“Hercules! Hercules!”, Momma Klump said as she daintily clapped her hands after her youngest son flexed his muscles at the dinner table. That was until he joined in the ensuing flatulence party initiated by Mr. Klump. And though Momma was a bit less enthusiastic at this particular suppertime feat, she still found grace to celebrate his “accomplishment.” His was as loud and boisterous as the men at the table.
It seems that moms just possess the rare ability to look through the mess and see the good inside their children. Have you noticed this? A guy can be on death row, about to face his execution, and the mom is still there saying, “He’s really a good boy deep inside.” Moms just never give up.
It makes me think of the day Jesus and His mother attended a wedding with some of their family. Sometime during the feast, the culturally unthinkable disaster fell upon them. They ran out of wine. Mary, who was evidently prestigious enough for the governor of the feast to come to her with the problem, turned and relayed the situation to Jesus. His response was interesting.
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” (John 2:4 NLT)
But it was as if she never heard his comment. She turned straightway to the servants working the wedding reception and said, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5 NLT) Of course, we know that Jesus followed through and the water “blushed” before His presence. It was His first miracle, the day He turned water into wine.
Some argue she was walking in faith, and others believe she was wrestling with the transition from being His mother to being His follower; regardless, she was instrumental in beginning His miracle ministry. When Jesus’ response to the challenge was, “My time is not yet,” His mother saw His potential and spoke it into existence. Was it possible that Mary saw something in Jesus that He didn’t even see in Himself yet? Mothers are that way. And I believe they get this ability from God.
The famous songwriter, Dottie Rambo, said, “How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul. He looked beyond my faults and saw my need.” God always sees us differently than we see ourselves. When we give up, He’s just getting started. He never draws the line. He sees potential in us when we would throw ourselves away.
Mark Batterson wrote, “You don’t have to look through a telescope to spy the miraculous. You can put it under a microscope too. Trillions of chemical reactions are taking place in your body every second of every day – you are inhaling oxygen, metabolizing energy, managing equilibrium, manufacturing hormones, fighting antigens, filtering stimuli, mending tissue, purifying toxins, digesting food, and circulating blood. All the while your brain is performing up to ten quadrillion calculations per second using only ten watts of power. A computer would require a gigawatt of power produced by a nuclear power plant to pull off the same performance. Yet I know people, and you do too, who say they have never experienced a miracle. Nothing could be further from the truth. You have never not! You aren’t just surrounded by miracles. You are one. If you personal genome sequence was written out long-hand, it would be a three-billion-word book. The King James Version of the bible has 783,137 words, so your genetic code is the equivalent of nearly four thousand Bibles. And if your personal genome sequence were an audio book and you were read at a rate of one double helix per second, it would take nearly a century to put you into words!”
Psalm 139:13-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You are God’s workmanship, created to bring Him glory. Chances are, your mom saw it and tried to tell you. She was God’s messenger, if so. The best thing you could do today to honor her on this Mother’s Day week is to fulfill the destiny she saw in you. It’s God’s destiny He gave you before you were ever born. Decide to walk in it today. Give Christ your heart and let Him unfold it for you.