Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed because I am with you wherever you go.
When I was thinking over possible Mother’s Day presents this month, this verse kept coming to mind. I thought it was completely unrelated at first, and dismissed it as unhelpful distraction, but it kept popping up in my head. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it really did relate to my mother. My mother is the rock of our family, and I’ve always been amazed at the self-sacrificing strength she’s always seemed to possess. She had 4 children, and managed to make each of us feel special and completely loved. She encouraged us to walk our own unique paths, and to do something different than what was expected. If you were to ask me about a time when I felt rejected or neglected by my mother, I’d have nothing to share…absolutely nothing.
But being a rock can’t be easy, especially now that we are all grown and going through our own unique struggles. Especially now that my Dad has started chemo treatments for stomach cancer, and now that mom has her own health problems to contend with. Each day has always brought its own challenges, and we all need strength and courage to be rocks for those around us.