“The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask for something. He said to her ‘what do you wish?’ She answered Him, ‘Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom’. Jesus said in reply, ‘You don’t know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?’…” Matthew 20:20-22
drugs, premarital sex, early pregnancy, abortion, scandal, the list goes on. these are just some words that makes a mother, with all her strength and courage, cringe. yes, especially in our present society, when what we often watch on tv and the movies, hear over the radio and see on the internet mostly focus on materialistic gratification. even most magazines and other reading stuff offer a very wide range of things that disguise as necessities for a better life. they showcase things, not values. no wonder that after watching the news, we are left more discouraged and frustrated even, because there is very little airtime for good news, if there is at all.
so you can just imagine how mothers like me feel, whenever our children goes out of the door to school or to any other activity they are headed for. scared to death that along the way, the claws of these evils of our society might catch up on them. poor little ones. but we need to let them go for them to be able to run their own race here on earth. so we mothers, go on through our day doing our own stuff too. but at the back of our minds we convince ourselves they are safe and sound. but the fear is there. always there until the time that they come into that door again now safe in the comfort of our homes. and as we lovingly look at their innocent faces as they sleep, we can just sigh with relief that they “survived” another day from the clutches of the gory reality of our present times. and we wake up again to the same fear all over again.
now i understand better how the mother of James and John must have felt when she asked the Lord that her sons sit one at His left and the other at His right. who would not? by the Lord’s side is the safest place to be. but as we contemplate on the Lord’s response to this wish, to sit by His noble side equates with such sacrifice and service. are we willing to sacrifice as much as He did? for others, our children too for that matter?
maybe we can’t answer that question with an absolute yes or no at this moment. so maybe now, we might not make the same wish as the mother of James and John did. not because we don’t want to sacrifice, but we don’t want to be presumptous. we believe that the Lord knows best.
let us put our complete trust in Him that He wants all His children in a better place. not necessarily by His side. somewhere even better. how about in the sweet safety of His embrace. that’s where we all want to see our children in our minds whenever they walk out that door. pray and believe in your hearts that the Lord keeps them safe day and night. because unlike mothers, He sees them through, wherever they may go. He puts angel wings in their feet so that the evils of our society will never ever catch up on them as they run their race. just pray and trust fully in Him.
if only all the mothers would do that, then our society would be a better place to live in. and the headlines will all be good news.