I’m happy to welcome guest blogger today, Brenda Aman. As Lead Director of Operations, Brenda shares the second-highest leadership role at Neighborhood Church with Todd Skinner. She is one of the best leaders I have ever met, with a passion for health in the church. She is also a wise mentor, and just a lot of fun to be around. Brenda shared this devotional with our staff on Thursday, and with her permission, I am excited to share it with you.
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” Genesis 3:20
There are people all over the world, past and present, who have wanted to be the first at something; first to reach a mountain top or the first man in space. There are many “firsts,” but one first I do not think I would want was to be the first mother. I’m glad Eve had that first for all women.
I had been thinking about Mother’s Day, and my thoughts kept turning to Eve and how things must have been like for her becoming a mother for the first time. Of course, Eve was the first to sin, but being the first mother must have made life interesting for Eve. Because of Eve’s sin, we know there is pain in childbirth, but she still was the very first to go through it and I wondered what it must have been like for her:
- She did not have Lamaze classes she could attend
- She did not have pregnancy books, a doctor or another woman around that could be a mid-wife
- And just think…no epidurals…poor Eve
- Eve did not have anyone with her when Cain was born telling her, “Eve, women have been doing this for thousands of years. It will be alright”
- No birthing coach
- No hospital staffed with nurses to bring her baby boy when he wanted to be fed or needed his diaper changed
- Other than Adam, no one to take care of her and he was the “first” husband, and new to fatherhood. I wonder how he handled being a new father? That is for another discussion
- Eve did not have any books to read on raising kids
- No famous child psychologist to fill her mind with all sorts of theories on the best way to raise a child
- No Facebook friends with whom she could share with and discuss her children
- No play dates at the neighborhood park with other mothers and their children
- No online support groups
- She did not have Babies “R” Us to shop at for all the needed and must have baby supplies
- She did not have a babysitter so she could have a date night with Adam
- Eve did not have a mom she could call up and ask advice. Not even a mother-in-law, although some may think that would be a good thing
I’m sure in spite of all this; Eve enjoyed her children like all mothers do. I’m confident that Eve had wonderful moments and created beautiful memories with her children, as we all do, when they were babies, toddlers, and small children growing up.
Although Eve’s life seems far away and long ago, she was still a woman who went through all the things we do and experienced emotions, feelings, childbirth, motherhood, child raising, and the joys of being a grandparent. Eve was the first woman and mother to go through all those things associated with being a woman.
I do not think we need to worry about concentrating on any “firsts” ourselves, but we should concentrate on is WHO we keep first in our lives. When we keep Christ first, it is then we begin to handle our lives as they should be handled. It is then we can be the wife, mother, mentor, and women that the Lord would have us be.So today… We thank you. We honor you. We celebrate you.
Happy Mother’s Day!