by Tammy Phillips
May 9, 2021
Let your father and your mother be glad and let her who bore you rejoice. (Proverbs 23:25 NKJV)
How can the greatest pain bring the greatest joy? It does and it is so worth it.
I overheard a mother tell my expectant niece about the excruciating pain of birth. She described it as attempting to push a bowling ball through a straw. It looks impossible. When I was in labor and my doctor decided to let the drugs wear off, I told my sweet nurse that if she tried to comfort me one more time by wiping the sweat from my brow with a cool washcloth that I would find a gun and shoot her. The pain was indescribable. Most any reasonable man would deem it impossible for the extra-large human that grows and grows in our womb for nine months to possibly find an exit from our bodies. God in His great design planned for us women to simply break apart, split wide open and produce an offspring.
The pain does not go away after birth. It becomes a little less piecing. However, it comes flooding back with every hurt, disappointment, failure, or struggle that our children experience.
Like many things in life, after great pain comes great joy and great reward. He says that
“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” (Psalm 127:3 NLT). There is no greater reward. Children are worth every rip, hurt, and tear. The pain is so worth it and soon disappears in the mind. It is replaced with the joy of watching our children grow, dive out of the nest, fly high and thrive. The blessing of being a mother is beyond any pain ever experienced. It is pure joy.
God tells us to “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12 NKJV). I believe He tells us this because of the pains of parenthood. I also know that God says to be fruitful and multiply. Each generation should honor their parentals so they can also experience the joy and reward of children and so on and so on and so on.
I enCOURAGE you to join me and honor your mother and all the mothers in your life. Today, I honor my mother, my mother-in-law, all the old mothers, all the new mothers and all the expectant mothers. Mamas be glad and rejoice in your precious gifts! You know it was worth it all and you would do it all again for the joy. This Mom could not be more proud nor more joyful. My heart is full.