Moms are magical. They make us feel better when we are sick, know just what to do for boo-boos, masterfully care with multi-tasking genius, and then some. Whether you reflect back on your mother or watch your spouse exercise tremendous energy with beauty and grace we are grateful for mothers.
Personally, I am constantly blown away with the diligence of my wife. Her motherly instinct drives her to love and serve past the point of exhaustion. Sadly, I am guilty and perhaps my children are as well for taking for granted things she does for us. Magically every time I open the linen closet there is a clean, folded, and fresh towel. Did it appear magically? The answer is NO!
This simple and routine observation is actually a vivid reminder of God’s mercy and grace. So many times we have exactly what we need, when we need it. This provision is made possible by God’s diligent work around us and in us, even when we don’t realize. Perhaps we realize it but are too selfish to recognize it, even to the point of taking credit for what He actually deserves.
Hebrews 4:14-16 encourages us to reflect on the faithfulness of God to serve as our High Priest. A little reflection on the traditional service of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement will remind us of the eternally significant works the High Priest performed behind the veil. The people were not privy to that act of love, yet benefited from the grace received from God.
Similarly, Jesus is actively working today in ways we cannot see and in ways that are eternally significant. He mediates on our behalf to God. He administers mercy and grace that is sufficient for every situation. He is faithful to keep and sustain us. He is at work and keeps His promise from Matthew 28:18-20 to never leave us!
Wow! I am blown away. The next time you observe the selfless service from someone in your life, like a mother, who is often taken for granted; pause and thank them. Go one step further and allow that to also remind you of God’s continued work around you and pause to also thank Him for His continued grace and mercy. Thank you Jesus!