“And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” – Luke 1:42
…She risked everything for Him…She knew the risk of being so young and with child, yet she knew What was inside of her. She knew Who she was carrying, and she refused to erase her destiny because of the rising of public opinion…
The more we think about the early life of Jesus, the more we find amazement in His mother, Mary. We often forget the scandalous way in which Jesus entered the world. Mary faced ridicule, rejection, inner turmoil, and isolation every single day of her young life in order to bring Jesus into a healthy childhood. What is more, she knew that all of it was coming; yet, she called herself blessed. She knew that her sacrifice would save the world. She knew that whatever she faced in her temporary state of frustrations would be a permanent transition to the entire world.
This blessed woman makes me think of the strength of mothers, in particular, my own mother. How many times did our mothers have to stand up for us? How much sacrifice did they make to ensure we had a future? How many times did they hear the word “no” and make a yes, in order for us to be comforted? A mother is indeed a monumental thing.
Having just witnessed my own mother’s transitioning to be with the Lord, I know the sobriety of living a life without her. I urge you all, in this moment and in every moment, to live a life that your mother would be proud of. She purchased your opportunities with her tears and nourished them with the faint whispers of her sacrificed dreams. Do more than you did yesterday to make her smile. My greatest honor is knowing that every single day of my life I have lived to put a smile on my mother’s face. Mothers don’t only raise you to be great, but they raise you to be independent. Live so remarkably strong that should life and eternity switch places, they know that you are ok.
Jesus was pushed into ministry by His mother at the first miracle. She, knowing who her Son was and what He was to do, didn’t wait for Him to do it; rather, she prepared others around Him and pulled on His ability. This one act solidified the rest of His days. It was the very first assurance we have that there is nothing too hard for God. And as your mothers pull on you, know that it is to bring forth that which God made them stewards of: your destiny! Mothers, indeed, are a remarkable thing!
Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.