I came across this famous quote by Tenneva Jordan.
“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”
I grew up with four other siblings. I remember as I grew up, my mom said that she did not like to eat almost anything. Now I know that she actually loved all those stuff. She just let us (and my dad) have them all, and she simply ate whatever left. It’s amazing how a human being can sacrifice like that. I see the same pattern with Maria now, so I have been encouraging her to eat.
Talking about mothers being special, there is one passage in the scripture that talks a bit about this. It is Proverbs 31:10-31. Verse 10 says this: “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” And looking at the description in the rest of the passage, you know that this is not just a woman. She is a mother. A very competent mother, she is.
Proverbs 31 seems to put so much pressure on mothers. However, this passage actually describes the beauty of a husband and a wife who are encouraging one another, fulfilling each role in a way that builds up one another, instead of competing with one another. This proverb is actually a recitation of a word of a mother to her son (Proverbs 31:1). So, this is not a father giving a burden to his daughter about how to behave as a woman. Rather, it is a loving advice from a mature reflection of an experienced mother who wishes the best for her beloved son. So, this passage applies both to wives and husbands too.
My hope is that as we look at this passage, if you are a mother, you are encouraged by the very vital role that God gives to mothers. And if you are a husband, you are encouraged to treasure your wife as Christ loves the church.
Happy Mother’s Day!