Being a mother is messy. It’s a journey that requires God’s grace to carry a woman through its unpredictable paths. As I recognize the invaluable role of mothers in our world, I do not want to do so without acknowledging that days like Mother’s Day evoke different feelings for each of us. For some us the topic of motherhood brings back memories of love and security. Yet for others it causes wounds to reopen and emotions of abandonment and neglect to surface. For some, the pursuit of motherhood has only resulted in shattered dreams. Motherhood is messy and is not always what we expected it to be.
Perhaps one of the most difficult feelings that a mom experiences along the journey of motherhood is the feeling of condemnation. The feeling that they don’t measure up. In Genesis 16, we are introduced to Hagar, a maidservant who is rejected by her husband Abram as she enters motherhood to ease the pain of her master’s barrenness (v.1-2). The child she is ordered to bear on Abram and Sarah’s behalf only ends up leaving her condemned and rejected by those closest to her. Yet it is in the messiness and brokenness of the moment that God breaks through and reveals Himself as the God who sees and celebrates Hagar (v.7-8).
“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” she said. “I have now seen the One who sees me… (v.13)
In God’s presence, the voices of condemnation were extinguished and Hagar experienced intimate communion with God. She was fully known and fully accepted by her Creator.
Today, mom, no matter how messy your motherhood has been or will be, Jesus has removed condemnation from the equation once and for all through His finished work upon the cross.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
Through Christ’s finished work, the yoke of condemnation has been broken and all who come to Him are seen and celebrated as children of the King. In Christ, you are seen and celebrated by God 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is not based upon your performance or failure to perform, but on Christ’s finished work at Calvary. No matter how messy motherhood is for you today, no matter your back story or the struggles of this present moment, God sees and celebrates you! You are fully loved and fully accepted by God just as you are. No more striving. No more straining. Take a step back and receive God’s grace. Let these words wash over you, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
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