// MOTHER’S DAY REFLECTION – Part 1 //
Here’s one of my husband’s and my all-time-favourite photos. It’s me and my younger son. I love both my 2 children a lot. But my older son has certainly taught me a few things about motherhood. Don’t wish their lives away. Here’s what I mean. When it gets hard, we wish our kids would grow up quickly and be more independent. When they are old enough to make their decisions, we wish at those times that they would depend on us. It is then when we look back and wished we could bottle the moments in this photo and reopen them whenever for a taste. Life doesn’t work like that, unfortunately.
So, let’s make sure we don’t wish our kids’ lives away. Savour every moment. For it is a blessing that God chose YOU to carry His child(ren).
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” ~Psalm 139:13-14 NIV
// MOTHER’S DAY REFLECTION – Part 2 //
Here is a photo of the little succulent we received for our Mother’s Day Gift at this morning’s church service. As they were handed out, I couldn’t help but notice the different shapes and sizes of the succulents, each in different coloured pots.
As the youth ministry kids walked around with their trays, handing them out to the women in the hall, I couldn’t help but eye at all the succulents in the tray wishing that maybe I could take a moment to choose my own. When mine was handed to me, I was delighted that I got one in the pink pot (my favourite colour). But I looked at the plant and it was noticeably smaller than the other ones. Immediately, I looked around curiously to see who got the pots that perhaps I would have chosen if we were given a choice. All along, forgetting that this is a GIFT! A FREE gift. And not something I was entitled to in the first place.
On reflecting in our celebrations today, I realised today’s attitude is very much like modern-day motherhood. We are blessed, or gifted, with these cute little things that God entrusted in us to nurture and grow. Yet sometimes, we just eye at others wishing our child could be like the other. Or we wishing we could choose this and that. Or in some extreme cases, getting frustrated when we feel our CHOICES are compromised.
God’s blessing is not an entitlement. It’s not a choice either. Today, God spoke to me in the cutest of ways.
So now, I look at my midget succulent in its little pink pot being so thankful that I got my favourite coloured pot as a cherry on top! I’m growing together with my children.