A Suffering Mom

Posted by Dawn Bovenmyer on

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer . . . . - Isaiah 53:10 NIV

Singing in church on a Sunday recently, I noticed one of my sons looking rather emotional and sad. He had been experiencing some hard trials, causing me in turn to feel sad. As a mom, my first impulse is to rush in, rescue, and shoo away the difficult times and sadness.

As I felt these things, God brought to mind another mother, Mary, who ultimately stood near the cross of her son Jesus and watched Him suffer and die an excruciating death. As I thought about the agony and helplessness that she must have felt, God asked me this question, “Was that My will that her Son had to suffer?”

Assuredly, the answer was yes! “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer. . . to make his life a guilt offering . . . .” God knew that Jesus’ suffering was the path to true joy and contentment, not only for Jesus, but for all who call upon His name.

With those thoughts in my mind, God asked me a second tough question: “Dawn, was it My will that Mary also had to suffer?” What could I say? Assuredly this answer was also yes. Just as with Jesus, it was also God’s will for Mary to suffer as she looked upon her suffering Son: ”And a sword will pierce your own soul too” (Luke 2:35 NIV).

These thoughts lifted quite a weight off of me, as I freshly submitted to God’s will for my son and for me. My Father has a perfect plan in all of this trial, and as it was for Jesus, I believe the following will be true also for me and my son: “After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied . . .” (Isaiah 53:11 NIV).

Submitted by:
Dawn Bovenmyer
Stonebrook Community Church
Ames, Iowa

One-Year Bible Reading
Nehemiah 5:14-7:73
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Psalm 33:1-11
Proverbs 21:8-10


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