My thoughts are drawn to my Korean friend. She and her husband have never been able to have children. Most would not consider her a mother. Today, she is flying down to Africa, where she and her husband support a kindergarten full of African children. She gathers materials and supplies for them, provides for them and spends her time with them. She mothers them.
She embodies this passage:
Isaiah 54:1–3 (NLT)
God clearly celebrates those “childless” mothers who mother those God brings their way.
The apostle Paul expressed motherly feelings for the Galatians.
Galatians 4:19 Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Isaiah 54 was clearly in Paul’s mind as he quotes it just 8 verses later. He quotes it in reference to “the Jerusalem above,” that spiritual kingdom of God, which all who believe in Jesus are free to join.
And if God has blessed you with physical children, please understand: taking care of their physical, emotional and social needs is not sufficient! To truly mother them, you must nurture and guide their souls, leading them ever closer to Jesus and His Kingdom.