Moms are very protective of their children. We want them to be safe and feel loved. We try to protect them from danger and harm. Yet, as parents all know, we can’t always do that. Have you ever wondered what it was like to be Jesus’ mother Mary? Let’s put ourselves in her shoes for a moment today.
Mary knew from the very beginning that her child was not going to be ordinary. Everything in her life changed the moment the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary. “But the Angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:30-32) She was now going to be a mother. Mary had such a large task ahead of her. She was raising the Son of God. I feel overwhelmed at times that I’m raising three children that will grow up and be the future of our world. Mary was raising a child that would be the Savior of the world. I can’t even imagine how she bore the enormity of it!
Mary knew that this child was not only here to share God’s wonderful gospel but also to suffer and die to be our Savior. Every time my child has a problem I want to solve it for them. Every time my child gets hurt, I want to protect them. How do you think Mary felt? Jesus was mocked and made fun of. He was chased out of towns and threatened. Eventually, he was captured, beaten, and put to death. All Mary could do is watch. It is very hard to imagine how she got through it. Where did she draw her strength from?
Mary had faith. She had faith in God and knew that this was his plan. This was God’s plan for the salvation of all people. “From this man’s descendants, God had brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.” (Acts 13:23) God always keeps his promises!
Let’s try to remember Mary when our children are having trouble and we want to jump in and save them. Remember Mary when we start to worry that we can’t protect them from everything. God has a plan for them. God is with them and will guide them. We need not worry when we trust in God’s plan for us and for our children. As we begin the Lenten season let us keep Jesus’ love for us and our children fresh in our minds!
Dear God, Help us to remember that you had a plan for Mary and that you have a plan for us as well. Help us to trust your infinite wisdom and put or worries to rest. Amen.