Take It With You 03.06.2016
I daresay that all of us who are parents hold some hidden dreams
of the future our children face. Will my son be an architect? Will
my daughter become a pediatrician? Will my grandbabies ever travel
abroad or climb Mt. Kilimanjaro? Will my great-grands attend UNC
or Duke? Whom will my daughter marry? If you are a parent,
grandparent, aunt, uncle, or special family friend of a young person, you
may have just such secret wishes in your heart.
In no part of my imagination can I comprehend what Mary must have
experienced as she stood alongside the cross where her son Jesus
agonized. One wonders how much she knew of His future, how much
He revealed to her over the years, but surely we can assume that she
knew all along He was extraordinary. She witnessed exotic strangers
seek Him in Bethlehem, she was present during His miracle at Cana,
she spent the years of His childhood watching Him play and sleep and
grow. But crucifixion? How could she stand there?
But stand there she did. The Bible is clear: “Near the cross of Jesus
stood His mother” (John 19:25a). Pierced as her soul must have
felt, she stood. There would be no aging Jesus, no marriage, no
grandchildren, none of the comfortingly typical dreams parents hold
dear. He was dying. And still she stood. A life of obedience to God, a
motherhood of wonder and pain. An afternoon of agony.
The Bible doesn’t record any words from Mary that awful hour of
Christ’s death, but Scripture gives us enough insight into her character
to speculate how she may have reacted when she learned her precious
Son had overcome death three days later. She may have declared once
more, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my
Savior!” (Luke 1:46-47)
May we have Mary’s trust in the Lord so that we can stand alongside
our worst fears, knowing that we will forevermore sing God’s praise.
– Shari Finkler