AUTHOR OF HOPE: The humble hero, mom
“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard:therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.” I Samuel 1:10-13
This weekend we pause to remember a humble hero, mom, many of whom are selfless individuals willing to sacrifice much for the sake of their children and families. Every one of us owe some sort of gratitude to mom for our existence in this world. Although not always perfect, moms seem to posses a superhuman power to always have the right solution for any problem.
Even though they are heroes, moms are susceptible to problems just like anyone else. In the Bible passage above Hannah is passionately and emotionally expressing herself to the Lord. Her heart's desire is to be able to have a child, but her desire has not been fulfilled. We must understand even the humble mom, who is mostly selfless, has desires within her heart she longs for. Moms, take note from Hannah and be willing to express those desires before the Lord.
One of the rules we have in the department I manage at work states, “If you are going to make a complaint, complain to someone that can correct the issue.” In the Bible passage Hannah has a complaint, and there is only one that can correct the issue, the Lord. She takes her complaint and grief to the Lord in prayer. Moms, you must acknowledge your most valuable asset is your ability to pray to an all powerful God who hears and answers prayer. Hannah’s prayer life before the Lord ultimately gave her what her heart longed for.
Her life was not without adversity. During this time of difficulty Hannah had enemies. There were women who would make fun or ridicule Hannah for not having children, yet she was patient and shared her grief with the Lord. There were others who thought Hannah was crazy. In the passage above, Hannah was praying passionately unto the Lord, and the priest thought she was drunk.
Moms, in life you will face adversity. There will be enemies, and some people may even think you are crazy. Never forget you have a friend that is always willing to hear your desires and your prayers. His name is Jesus. He loves you and cares for your hearts desire.
In closing, this poem summarizes the greatness of the humble hero we know as mom.
"God could not be in every place
With loving hands to help erase
The teardrops from each baby’s face,
And so He thought of mother.
He could not send us here alone
And leave us to a fate unknown;
Without providing for His own,
The outstretched arms of mother.
God could not watch us night and day
And kneel beside our crib to pray,
Or kiss our little aches away,
And so He sent us mother.
And when our childhood days began,
He simply could not take command.
That’s why He placed our tiny hand
Securely into mother’s.
The days of youth slipped quickly by,
Life’s sun rose higher in the sky.
Full grown were we, yet ever nigh
To love us still, was mother.
And when life’s span of years shall end,
I know that God will gladly send,
To welcome home her child again,
That ever-faithful mother."
Tim Braddock is pastor of Emerald Coast Baptist Church in Destin and can be reached at Tbraddock@emeraldcoastbc.com.