I've always felt that a mother's love was the closest to God's. This is no intended disrespect to fathers, but being a mother, I know the deep rooted love that exists. I know that we often find our purpose when we become mothers.
Yet, we never outgrow the need for mothering. There should always be those older than we who are inspirational in feeding us pearls of wisdom. Likewise, there should be a bevy of youngers benefiting from our exprience, poreing into our lives. Our very existence should touch others deeply, leaving indelible impressions even when we are no more.
I was blessed to have a beautiful, warm, loving mother but I felt the blessing ended too soon. She died when I was three years old. Yet, God gave me another beautiful, warm, loving mother in the form of my natural aunt--my father's sister--who took me in, raised me to adulthood, poring countless hours into my well-being. She loved me unconditionally and treated me as her own. But, I felt that blessing ended too soon. She died in my very early twenties.
Years later, God sent me another mother, beautiful, smart, witty and hilarious at times. She became my "Mother of Heart" as she puts it. How appropiate. She decided to become my mother, I imagine, feeling the need to smooth out a few rough edges in me that I didn't know existed. In doing so, she became grandmother to my children and later, grand children. Yes, I was much older when my Mother of Heart chose me through God's divine design and how grateful I am for His will.
Years later, I moved to the Dallas area and God sent me another "Mother of Heart"--beautiful, warm, witty and also hilarious at times. You see, we never outgrow the need for laughter, the need to seek wise counsel or the need to live in close communication with others. The love of Jesus, the Christ, is shown through these four women, in their selfless giving, in their constant lifting up, in their true walk with Christ. I thank Jesus for showing me a glimpse of Himself through these mothers. I thank God for giving me the wisdom that it's okay to love different mothers. I know that my mothers who've crossed over into eternity would be happy that I'm united with Mothers of Heart by God's design. There is not guilt, no condemnation, no feeling that I'm lessening my natural mothers' impact on my life. God has given me the wisdom that it's just fine to appreciate all the Mothers in my life.
I pray the same love and wisdom is awarded you.