If you insult someone’s mom, you can cause yourself some problems. Even the most jaded people will feel a strong sense of righteous indignation if you speak badly about their mothers! They’ll likely act on that indignation, too, which won’t work out well for the mother-insulter.
Why does this happen? It’s because moms have a very special place in each of our lives. Mothers often are our main source of warmth, belonging and care in the world. It’s what they do. They are the knee-patcher, the shoulder to cry on, the homework-helper, and our biggest fan. It’s no mistake that Mother’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays on the calendar. Motherhood matters because it is so central to both human experience – for it all starts with motherhood – and to God’s story.
Think of it this way: Jesus, the King of Creation, came to us through Mary, a very real, but lowly and humble woman, at an actual place in time. This was neither accidental nor incidental. It was God’s delightful intention. As such, the deepest, most intimate parts of what it means to feminine matters to God and therefore to the Christian story. God saw to it. Mothers matter. The Old Testament, the New Testament, our Savior’s life and each of our lives are intimately connected with motherhood.
Have you ever thought about the power of motherhood in light of Scripture?