First, let me stop and say a great big thank you to all the mothers out there, whether biological or not. You are love and appreciated.
I do not know if anyone can relate, but I would find myself lying in bed with mom telling her all about any challenges or major issues I was dealing with. I would lay with my head on her stomach, and her hands would gently brush my hair back. This act could have just been a calming technique as I regaled her with my latest tale of why life was so unfair to me. All my life-shattering issues with a boy or the betrayal of a friend. Which would always end with me saying something like I could die. She would generally remain incredibly quiet, taking in all the details as I talked. Then, she would say something profound like it will be okay, baby girl, and suddenly it was. Another one of her great one-liners was you are not the first and you will not be the last. Things will work out trust God. And perhaps my favorite, you were born and raised here, but this place does not define you. I miss her so much, and every time I am faced with one of life's many challenging moments, I can still hear her voice and feel her hand in my hair, reminding me that things will work out and to trust God. Although looking back, I do not know if I laid there for the advice or just to be heard. What I think most of us long for is someone to listen. In our TikTok society, where everyone has something to say, it is nice to have someone to listen to you.
Although I do not have the physical listening ear of my mother any longer, I have the listening ear of God. I like to remember the story in Daniel 10: 12-14, which states, "Then he said, don't be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come to answer your prayer. But for twenty-one days, the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come."
It is comforting to know and understand that God hears our prayers from the first moment we pray. God listens and responds even if we do not see the manifestation of that response immediately. Whether we must wait twenty-one days, fifteen years, a few weeks a month a day, etc., God in heaven has heard you. The reassurance of knowing that as children of God, He hears us. Should leave us not only speechless but comforted. One of the scripture passages that offer such a reassurance can be found in Isaiah 49: 5-6, "And now the Lord speaks- the one who formed me in my mother's womb, to be His servant who commissioned me to bring Israel back to Him. The Lord has honored me, and my God has given me strength. He says you will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you as a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." And praise God. That Christ did exactly that. If you are fortunate to have a mother still, why not allow her the opportunity to speak and you listen. If your mother, like mine, is no longer physically with you, hold on to your memories of her. And remember that our eternal Father has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5.)
Remember, God loves you, and so do I.