The Reward, Blessing and Privilege
"You'll never understand until you're a mother yourself." Those words have accompanied me throughout my childhood until adulthood. There are many sayings that we heard while growing up just to find out later in life that they actually weren't true - but these words couldn't be more factual.
I've always celebrated and appreciated mothers - my mother in particular. How much love she gave and the many sacrifices she made, without grasping the real extent of how much of herself she gave and sometimes even gave up, so my sister and I could have the best. And there it is: sacrifice. That's the main theme that is associated with motherhood. Being a new mom I can totally relate. The sleepless nights, giving up your comfort, building your schedule around this new life, being available whenever you're needed and thinking about your child's needs. And since I'm just at the beginning of this journey, I'm sure many other things will be added, some removed and others replaced from the list but there is something else I realized. Above all, those things that represent the sacrifice or acts of service that come with motherhood, there is: the reward, the blessing, and the privilege.
I vividly remember during my pregnancy many mothers that had been "in the game" longer shared their experiences of motherhood. Even though they did talk about the positive aspects of being a mother, the conversation usually started with how things would change once the baby was born and not necessarily in a bad way but in a way that would significantly restrict my freedom and the comfort I was accustomed to. Those words never scared me, still, I did feel like I needed to brace myself instead of just being in joyful anticipation of my baby's arrival. And when Day X came and the sleepless nights and feedings started, I had a revelation. Apart from the unconditional love I felt, there was this deep sense of appreciation for this blessing and privilege God had given me. While I was pregnant I already felt it and was constantly in awe of the miracle growing inside of me but eventually looking at that baby took those feelings to the next level.
It truly is a joy and a blessing to be a mother. Everyone talks about the sacrifice and the love but I acknowledge that there is more every time I look at my child.
Being a mother doesn't start with the pregnancy but with your heart being in the right place.
So, to all the wonderful mothers and mother figures out there, Happy Mother's Day! We are truly blessed! Motherhood may come with a lot but the reward is even greater. We are privileged every single day, not because we do so much but because we receive even more. Let's appreciate the miracle and gift we have been given.
"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:" Proverbs 31:25-28 ESV
God bless you and may your journey become more beautiful with each day.