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>Super Mom!

>Last Sunday we woke up as usual and started preparing for the day: church, lunch, hanging out, etc.  I was holding Ethan when he suddenly looked very ill.  I looked him in the eyes and said, “are you OK?”  He said, “I am going to barf!”  No sooner had I set him down when it started to happen.  I reached out my hands in a cup shape and caught the barf coming out of his mouth. 

This may seem pretty disgusting, but really I hadn’t even thought about what I was doing..it was a reflex.  I was amazed at how fast my body took over, and kinda disgusted as well….but the barf never made it to the carpet.  I guess it is all just part of being the mom.  You never know when instinct and lightning fast reflexes will take over!

Have you ever considered what Mary went thru with Jesus?  Talk about a Super Mom!  One day she is minding her own business, and the next day an angel comes to tell her that she will be carrying the Son of God….whoa…that is pretty heavy.  Not only will she be pregnant, with God, but she will raise Him, as any other family would do.  She will be responsible for Him.  She will nurture Him.  She will hold His hand.

Can you even imagine getting a chance to hold Christ’s hand?  I get giddy just thinking about it!  I hope we all get a chance to spend some real quality time with our Savior in Heaven…and not just to talk, but to revel in His glory.

There isn’t too much info on Mary in the Bible.  The one part that stands out to me is when the family takes it’s yearly trip to Jerusalem to the feast.  After the feast is over the family, and all their relatives start to travel home.  They make it a whole day away from Jerusalem when they realize that Jesus (a small boy at the time) is not with them. 

Being a mother myself, I can’t even begin to fathom how Mary felt!  I’m sure she was in a state of panic, and unfortunately there were no planes, trains or automobiles to get her back to where Jesus might be.  She had to walk, with everyone else, back the days journey to search an entire city to find her son.

What would you do when you found him?  If it were me, he would have gotten in BIG trouble.  Mary and Joseph reacted a bit differently.

Luke 2:46 “After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished.  His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.”

Did you catch that first part?  Three days!  As if being the mother of the Son of God wasn’t going to be difficult enough, you have to let Him go, and be part of the bigger picture.  I think Mary knew this going into it, although in this particular passage both her and Joseph were confused at why Jesus would need to be in the temple.  It was probably much later that they realized, for the 1,000th time, I’m sure, that He WAS the Son of God, and He needed to be learning, and teaching.  I have a whole new respect for her after pondering what she must have gone thru.

Christmas will be here tomorrow, and then another year will begin.  My baby boy will be 4, and I will be that much closer to having to let him go.  For now I must trust in the Lord to watch over him, and lead him down the path that he must travel.  I pray that some day he, too, will ask Christ to be his Savior.  Until then, I will hold him tight, and teach him all I can about God and His great plans.

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2 thoughts on “>Super Mom!

  1. I was just wondering how can this be. You said Jesus is the son of God, yet Mary is pregnant with God, and then God is given human characteristics. It’s a bit confusing and contradicting to me.

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    • Jennifer,
      This can be a difficult question to answer, although the Bible speaks of it on several occasions. I can send you a list of references if you wish… but the jist is this: Mary herself is from a long lineage of Jews, all the way back to Adam. The blood line goes to the beginning of creation. God exists as 3 persons, God, Jesus, and the Spirit (I am working on a blog to help explain this). God had made many covenants with the Jews to try and keep them as a holy people, and forgive their sins. The Jews were not very good at keeping the covenants, and God needed a way to end the ‘old law’ to get people to Heaven without having to kill animals and such as sacrifices to repent of their sins (the blood of the animals was what ‘washed away’ their sins). God sent Jesus to earth, to be human, to act as an example to the Jews, and the rest (gentiles), to show what true holiness and perfection was. Jesus was fully God, and fully human. Being human, He grew as a child, and needed food, and water, and could be tempted by sin…however, being God, he did not fall prey to sin, and was able to perform miracles and even walk on water. At the end of His human life, he was put to death on the cross to become the ultimate covenant with humanity (thru the shedding of His blood). If you can believe that Jesus is who He is, and that He died as the sacrifice for your sins (all of them, past, present, and future), you will be saved… no more sacrifices. This doesn’t mean that you can go out and plunder, although you could.. but once you are saved you don’t want to do the things you once did.

      It’s a lot to take in, and I don’t expect this to be the end of your questions. I hope I have given you atleast some sort of answer… I will be praying for you 🙂

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