When God created this universe He gave Adam a help mate because He knew Adam could not handle the problems of everyday life without a woman beside him. Adam gave her the name Mother, because she was the mother to all living persons except him. Any grown man who has tried to exist by himself, especially if he has children, knows the importance of a good help mate.
The Bible is full of good examples of good and not so good mothers. Of course we can start with Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was told by an angel that she would have the son of God, even though she was a virgin. Even though the Bible says she was “perplexed”, she never disobeyed God’s instructions. She was there as Jesus grew up, when He astounded the Scribes and Pharisees at age 12, when He left the family business at age 30 to begin a ministry that would change the world, and finally at His crucifixion, resurrection, and return to Heaven.
Hannah was a childless woman until God answered her prayers for a baby boy. She promised to take him to the temple to serve God. The young boy, Samuel, picked Saul as the first King of Israel.
Naomi was the mother-in-law to Ruth, but she did what God directed her to do in the life of Ruth. There are many other examples in the Bible.
I was in Honduras recently helping our friend, Alvin Anderson. A gang member had accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was living in a very small room. The living quarters above one of Alvin’s feeding centers became available, so he moved his family of five (wife, 5 year, 3 year old on, and two month old daughter) up the mountain to the feeding center. The young wife helped load the truck, then went back to clean the vacant room. All the belongings for this family of five (fit on the back of a short bed Toyota pick-up truck, but they were happy because they knew God.
Recently I talked with a young lady who was unhappy with life. She and her husband had been married five or six years. Her husband had worked himself up to be and assistant manager of a business. They lived in a nice house and had a beautiful little boy about three years old. Yet, she was not content. I tried to tell her that the only true happy family has to have God at the center. I don’t know if she heard me or not, but for the little boy’s sake, I pray that she did.
Being a mother is not just giving birth, but taking her place in a family that desperately needs a family molded after God’s example of a man and woman working together under God’s directions.