Relationships can be messy. And hard. And painful. If we ever needed proof of this, we only need to look back over this past year of 2020.
Relationships of every sort have been tried, strained, or strengthened with the challenges being varied and plenteous. At times, our hearts may feel like they have just had enough.
As a wife, mom, Mimi, and friend, I sat thinking on this recently. Our hearts matter to Jesus. He tends to them with the tenderest of attention as He recognizes our hearts are fragile.
When Jesus was presented at the Temple, Simeon, a devout and righteous man, had a few words for the new parents. To Mary, the baby’s mother, he says:
““This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
(Luke 2:34-35, NLT)
Simeon prophesied that Mary would experience great pain at seeing her son rejected by those He loved and came to save, and then as He died an excruciating death on the Cross.
The day we become a mom, our hearts are never our own again. They are forever linked to the joys and pains, the highs and lows, the successes and failures of the little one we birthed.
At the Cross, Jesus speaks remarkable words to the disciple He loved (John) concerning His own mother:
“When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:26-27, NLT)
Jesus knew the tender heart of His mom, and recognized it would need care to heal. And John took on the responsibility handed to him.
Jesus knows our hearts. He strengthens them, encourages them, heals them, and helps them to live again. He fills them with love, joy, and hope for the days yet to come.
He knows all about a mother’s heart for it is the same heart He has towards each one of us!
“Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you!“
(Isaiah 49:15, NLT)