On Sunday morning my husband preached a message about the feeding of the 5000. As he was preaching he mentioned the "lad" that had food to share. I have often thought of that lad as I have read my Bible and so many thoughts have flooded my mind about that situation...here is the account of what happened.
Now, the thing that intrigued me (as a mother) is the fact that of all the people there (5000 men plus women and children) there appeared to be just one boy that either had a lunch or the very least was willing to share his lunch. I have pondered several things about this boy and would like to share with you today.
1. He must have had a very good mother - she made sure and packed her son a lunch, so she took care of him.
2. He must have had a spiritual mother because she sent him (or allowed him) to go to Jesus.
3. He must have had a mother that taught him manners because he was willing to share his lunch with everybody even when there was obviously not enough to go around.
4. He must have had a mother that taught him to pay attention to the needs of his authorities and spiritual leaders - because it was the apostles that knew about the lad.
5. He must have been taught to speak with and respond to his authorities - so many children today would not have spoken up to say anything. This speaks to the fact that he must have had a measure of confidence (something a mother can foster or squelch in her children).
Now I know that I am attributing all of these things to his mother, but in truth it is the mother that would do all of those things.
So, quite possibly, because of what his mother probably had done, this lad, and all of those present witnessed a miracle! This lad was used of God very possibly, or even probably, because of the loving tender care that his mother gave him and it put him in the right place at the right time.
So, you may be wondering what all of this has to do with anything - but in fact I believe that there is a valuable lesson that can be learned and applied to every mother's mothering skills.
1. Make sure that you prepare your children for the unexpected - it is better to be over prepared than to be caught in a situation with no resources.
2. Have a personal walk with God at home. Be involved in your church, church activities, special meetings, make sure your kids know that it is important to be a part of every opportunity that God brings in your lives.
3. Teach your children basic manners, be polite, share, be attentive, show respect for your elders especially those in a position of authority.
4. Encourage your children to know that they can do all things through Christ - most leaders had someone in their life that made them believe they could do what God wants them to do.
I pray for all of you moms that are raising your children for His glory that these thoughts might be a source of encouragement to you - I love you.
Have a wonderful day!