God blessed me with a wonderful mother. She passed into glory about four years ago. There are still days I want to pick up the phone to share some good news with her or ask for her advice. Thankfully she was a strong believer so I will see her again.
We are not all blessed to have the kind of mother I had. Mother's Day may be more painful than pleasant for some of us. But even then we know God has ordained every detail of our lives. What a miracle of saving grace if we have come to know Christ without the influence of a godly mother! What a miracle of common grace if we have achieved some measure of success in spite of being raised in a dysfunctional home.
Recently I learned of a young girl whose mother was badly depressed. The girl's step-father abused her repeatedly. They were impoverished. They often ate a "poor man's sandwich," bread and mustard. They lived in the far north and were so poor the children wore plastic bags over their socks. Sometimes the mother was so depressed she stayed in bed for five consecutive days. At one point the girl's parents were separated and she had to live in a homeless shelter.
This little girl had to grow up quickly. She loved to write music and was able to get a job singing in a bar. Can you imagine an 8-year-old girl singing in a bar until 1:00 a.m. in the morning on school nights? When she was older she worked at McDonald's and then at a "cheesy casino resort" while working on a demo tape. When her parents were killed in a car accident she had to raise her younger siblings.
Eventually someone in the great city of Nashville, TN heard the demo tape and the rest, as they say, is history. Shania Twain went on to sell over 100 million records, become the best-selling female artist in music history, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, winner of 5 Grammys, worth more than $350 million. To this day, she still drives a used car.
And just in case you are wondering, the first song she ever wrote was entitled, "Mama, Won't You Come Out to Play?" She wrote it to her depressed mother. One wonders if Shania would ever have tried to write music had her mother not been depressed!
Let us give thanks for our mothers and honor them at all times! They are God's gift to us.