Dealing with Human Imperfection
Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010

While waiting in line at the airport to take off for my recent trip to the Pepperdine Lectures in Malibu, California, I struck up a conversation with a young lady. In the course of our talking to each other I discovered that she was returning home after a visit with her mother in the Denver area. I was surprised to learn that this young woman had not seen her mother for 17 years. The mom had abandoned the family when this woman was a four-year-old child. The intention of the young woman’s trip to Denver was to try to begin building a relationship with a mother that she did not know.

Hearing this woman’s story brought several questions to my mind. But as I considered these questions, I realized potential problems in asking each of them.

I. Was this mother a good mom?

The answer seems obvious. She abandoned her family when the children were young. But even with knowing this, do we really have all the facts necessary to judge this mother?

1 Corinthians 4:3-5

Although this 21-year-old woman was responding to her mother’s overtures to try to build a relationship, the young woman’s older sister refused to have anything to do with the mother. Her pain and anger were too great to be willing to allow her mother into her life. This led me to the question:

II. Which daughter was right?

Again, are we in a position to judge? We do not know enough about the mother’s motivations or true intentions to know which of these sisters in the long run will be making the best decision. What we do know is that with us, God is a merciful and forgiving God. He is calling us into relationship with him. Will we respond to his love?

Romans 3:21-26

III. Is it too late for this mother to be a mom?

Some would say the answer is again obvious. She has missed the formative years of the lives of her children. Time will tell what kind of relationship with each of her children that the mother can experience. Fortunately, in regards to God, while we have life in this world, God makes relationship with him available. May we believe and take advantage of what time we have here to come to God and be his children. In this way we prepare for eternity with him.

2 Corinthians 5:16-19
Isaiah 43:18
(see also Joel 2:25)

–Robert Lee, 5-9-10, a.m.

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