• Carolyn Norton

A Mother's Day Tribute: For Women Who Are In The Waiting...

I was in a store earlier today and this sweet young girl (probably four years old) was helping her dad pick out a UGA shirt for her mom for Mother's Day. I was next to them looking at shirts for a graduation gift. Out of the blue she just started talking to me- "Are you a Georgia fan like we are?" she asked. "We live in Georgia and my mom is also a Georgia fan." I smiled and said "I am! And I live in Georgia too!" And we started this fun conversation. When she was walking away she looked back at me and asked, "Are you celebrating Mother's Day?" I paused and smiled at her and said "Well yes I am." (because I will be celebrating it with my mom this weekend AND I didn't want to have to explain to a four-year-old that I'm not a mom). So she wished me a Happy Mother's Day and walked away.

The funny thing about this interaction is that it happens to me at least once a day around this time of year. It's often a clerk at a store counter , or an email from a young Coke Scholar who assumes I'm a mom (because I'm LIKE a mom to many of them!) and today it was the cutest little girl wishing me a Happy Mother's Day.

These sentiments used to make me really sad. But now for some reason, even though I know I may not physically be able to have a child one day, I still feel hopeful. I don't know how it will happen or when or even IF I will ever be a mom (a stepmom, adopted mom, foster mom or what), but I cling to hope because I know the one who is mightier than any storm we may be going through.

"The Lord rules supreme in heaven, greater than the roar of the ocean, more powerful than the waves of the sea." (Psalm 93:4)

If you are single and always wanted to be a Mom like me, you can probably relate to this. Or maybe you have been trying to get pregnant, adopt or have a child some other way and it hasn't happened yet. God doesn't promise that it will. But he does promise that He will carry us through whatever we're going through. AND remember, He is also a God of miracles!

So whether you're an Aunt to many who may never get the honor of bearing a child.....

Rejoice, barren woman who does not bear; Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor;

For more numerous are the children of the desolate than of the one who has a husband.” (Galatians 4:27)

Or by God's grace you do....

"Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb". (Genesis 30:22)

Join me in rejoicing that the Lord indeed is GOOD and has a plan for us, even if it doesn't happen the way we thought it would.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the women in our lives, including those who are "in the waiting"!

And if you want to be doubly blessed and encouraged, read this amazing blog by a woman at my church who longed to be a mom and see how God answered that prayer.

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