The full revelation of this expectation has yet to be experienced by me, but I long to experience it in its fullness. To fulfill this picture would be the completion for me of a journey of learning how to love that which Yah has entrusted into my care. Nevertheless, until such time shall come I am thankful for this time to explore and practice this role as a rehearsal. The Mother in hebrew is (ma) that is to say (AM) in English. The first character () is the picture of an ox and means strength. The second character () is the picture of waves which carries the meaning for liquid (water, blood, etc…) but also by extension carries the meaning of waves as in (light, radio, sound) in which Yehoshua compares words to water (Eph. 5:26). Another interesting parallel to water is that it is the most covalent bond for making things stick together and thus produces the most powerful picture for the function of a mother.
The Strong Glue
The most beautiful picture of understanding the role of a mother is when like glue she brings things together. In this case we are focusing on family. The mother is like the hub of the house there are few places that people gather in groups in a home, and that central place of gathering in any home that functions properly is the dinner table. The kitchen is like the heart of the home, and thus this is the place where the entire family has full access and has the opportunity to enjoy one another’s company along with a meal made with love. While the bedroom is reserved for use by at the most two with a temporary extension to newborn’s, the kitchen is the place where memories are made. The absence of lively conversations around the oval or rectangular table will echo its silence for generations to come. Laughter, learning, and bonding takes place here with the ability to carry through to the living room, but starts in this place. In most homes today the living room has become a place of family rest and recreation where games are played and television sets are the source of amusement and bonding, which all the more makes the kitchen an important place of fellowship and learning hospitality.
The Strong Water
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. (Pro 1:8-9)
The law of the mother is like the nourishment that comes from the umbilical chord that sustains the life of a baby. The remembering of her words are like the crown that protects the seed, because the law she provides is like the placing of a crown upon the head of a child. Their confidence to lead, their ability to understand a loving God who will never leave nor forsake them will come from understanding a mother’s love for them. If that crown of grace that only she can provide to her seed is not given it is like the curse of the serpent, the stepping on the neck, and the bruising of the heel.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Gen 3:15)
Just before a woman transitions to motherhood a gush of water comes forth before the baby comes out. To the degree that we are prepared for that strong water, that is the degree that we will either experience the joy’s of conception or the birthing pains of unpreparedness. During the time that child is being prepared in us, we must prepare from without. Make room not only in our bodies, but in our beings to enlarge our capacity to love someone else more than ourselves and our own desires. To put someone else first and make space in our lives for that new life. To the degree that we have done that we will either encourage or hinder the process of growth for our little ones and that strong water will be chaos instead of deliverance. It will be the flooding waters on the head of Pharaoh rather than the parting seas of protection for the children of Israel.