I’ve been wanting for years to get a new cute apron (I am crazy like that). I like looking cute while cooking and doing some housework. Why? I don’t know really, maybe because a lot of things I do around the house are not always recognized or seen because they are done daily and we all just go with the flow. I enjoy cooking and cleaning (for the most part). I truly enjoy serving my family and surprising them, but if we are honest with ourselves, once in a while, we moms always wonder if we do enough or if anyone even notices how hard we’re working to keep our loved ones taken care of. After all, the dishes don’t get washed on their own, nor does laundry miraculously clean itself and put itself back in the closet. This Valentine’s Day, I finally did get my new cute apron and I LOVE it! I loved it so much I didn’t take it off going outside to take trash out. Somehow this apron made me more visible around the house. One night as I was preparing dinner my husband jokingly said, “uh-oh, things just got real. Mama got her apron on”. We laughed and joked and laughed a bit more. I love this thing!
I was actually reminded of another “invisible” hard working mom who loved her apron just as much as I do mine, probably. Susanna Wesley, mother of the famous man of God, sir John Wesley. Susanna had lots of children, 19 altogether (10 of which died in infancy). They lost a home twice due to fire, and they struggled financially, but through all of the struggles Susanna kept her eyes on the Lord. She had set aside an hour or two a day for prayer and to study the Word. With that many children around one can only imagine that silence was not a common thing! So, Susanna came up with the clever plan; she had taught her kids that whenever they see their mom with the apron over her head it meant she was having her time with the Lord and they needed to be quiet. I was also blessed to learn that this mom was intentional about teaching her children the Word of God. She made a point to memorize verses from the Bible with her kids. Later on (since church back then didn’t have a fancy children’s ministry that our kids today are blessed to have), she would come from the church with the kids and then go over the sermon again with them, explaining what the preacher was talking about. Her “house church” after the church became so popular that even neighbors started asking to come over and listen. One woman’s obedience had a ripple effect on many generations.
As I was pondering on the idea of the “invisible moms” in the Bible, I couldn’t help but think of Daniel’s mother. We know nothing about her, other than what we see in Daniel. Daniel was kidnapped away from his home town and taken to a completely different environment at the age of fourteen or fifteen. All he had with him was the wisdom his mama instilled in him. As I studied the book of Daniel I couldn’t help but think, did she ever learn that her boy chose God even when it meant death to him? Did she know that the prayers and passages of Torah she taught him were used in the lion’s den? Did she know that just like at home, Daniel still at his old age prayed three times a day? Did she ever find out that God was so pleased by her boy? I don’t know if she ever did. We don’t even know her name. But we can see her faith, her God, her prayers planted in her boy’s heart and what a massive harvest they brought forth. I am certain she never stopped praying and believing God for her boy, Daniel; a mom without a name, Daniel’s mom, the invisible mom. One woman’s obedience had a ripple effect of many generations .
Recently a friend was sharing with me a story that captured my heart. You see, my friend Tee always wanted to be a mom, but she wasn’t able to conceive. She shared with me how one day she prayed on the porch and surrendered to God hurts and heartbreaks after so many failed adoptions. She surrendered to God her circumstances. She said that the overwhelming peace came over her that night, she was no longer worried. The same day another woman who was pregnant but unable to keep her child felt God’s leading to choose Tee’s family to become the new parents to her baby boy. What a beautiful story of pure love. One woman’s obedience to give it up to God leads to another woman’s obedience to entrust her child into my friend’s hands and heart. Obedience is not an easy choice, but it has a ripple effect and spreads through generations. Today my friend is not only a wonderful mom to 2 young adults, but she is a thrilled grandma to two adorable baby girls that rock Mimi’s world!
Whatever your circumstances are today, maybe you are overwhelmed with the little ones and you don’t feel like you’re doing enough, praying enough, hugging enough…..we are our own worst critics, ya know. Don’t give up! Keep pressing forward! Keep growing! Keep planting the seeds of faith! Keep planting prayers! Don’t give up mama!!!!!
In Genesis 16:13 we are introduced to God as Jehovah El Roi which means “the God who sees”. Interesting, if you read the entire chapter, you would learn that He was revealed to Hagar, a woman who truly knew the meaning of being invisible and despised by her husband and her surroundings. There in the desert she was broken, lonely and scared and God extended His hand to her. He is the God who sees! He sees your hard work, He sees your faith, He sees your tears, prayers, fears, exhaustion, yawns. He sees your obedience. You are just one mom, but you will send the ripple effect through the following generations and there will be a harvest! You’re not invisible to Him, Jehovah El Roi sees you. You are loved!