It’s easy to lose the big picture in the day to day struggles of life. “What does what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis have to do with the epic story of God’s loving rescue of his people?” Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. This Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day was originally created to honor all the little things that the world doesn’t notice, but that lead up to a big difference. Sure, we’ve romanticized it, and commercialized it, and created all kinds of strife with it, but here’s the deal: God sees the little things. The little things are part of His epic story. Don’t believe me? Check out Chronicles.
Chronicles?!?! Isn’t that the book that starts off with 9 chapters of genealogies!?!?! Yes, that’s the one. Chronicles is a book about continuity. The continued faithfulness of God, the continued promise of redemption, and the continuation of God’s family. By its very nature it can’t include every detail, but remember that God sees the details. The structure of 2 Chronicles is around the kings. Included with almost every king of Judah is his mother’s name and where she was from. Immediately after is the Chronicler’s assessment of whether he was a faithful king or a faithless king. Queen mothers like Athaliah and Maacah had sons who followed them in their idolatry. Contrast that with Zibiah of Beersheba, Jehoaddin of Jerusalem, Jecoliah from Jerusalem, Jerusha daughter of Zadok, Abijah daughter of Zechariah (2 Chronicles 13-36).
As we move from details to the big picture, we can see that the influence of mothers influenced the fate of a nation and that in turn influenced the fate of the world. So we thank the moms who see the little things as part of God’s great big story. Trust that God sees all the “little” things you do, that add up to a great big impact, and know that we see them too.
For more on changing our perspective on parenting, check out Mom Goggles by the Skit Guys.
Happy Mother’s Day!