Every year as Mother’s Day approaches, the commercials can make every mother seem so perfect. And if you didn’t have that experience, it can leave you wondering what is wrong with you. What you missed out on.
Is this time of year tough for you? Maybe it’s your relationship or lack of one with your mom or children that makes this year tough. Maybe you’ve lost your mom.
For me, it’s how this time of year reminds me most of the things I never had. Like pouring salt into an open wound. There are those people that only a mother can love…. and then there’s me. Why did my own mother not love me? Why did she not want me? Why did she choose to hurt me? That cloud has chased me my whole life... those voices telling me you are unlovable. Rejected. Forgotten.
It’s so hard to believe that “God is a loving father” when your own parents have been anything but loving. If you have experienced that kind of pain, you know what I mean. All those analogies fall flat.
But deep down, I was always hoping the stories about Jesus were true. That there was a God who did see me and who loved me, unconditionally.
And by His great grace, God did reveal His love to me. It was undeniable, and it changed my life. As I’ve grown in my relationship with Jesus, I’ve experienced healing in ways I never thought possible.
Mother’s Day is still tough for me. I’ve learned that there are certain hurts in this life that won’t be completely healed this side of heaven. But every time I feel that sting, it pushes me closer to God. It reminds me that no human can satisfy my need to be loved. It reminds me that my very worth and identity is first from my God who loved me enough to send His Son to die for me. When I think of how much He loves me, it blows my mind!
Joe Buchanan, Station Manager
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Even when human love has failed us, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God.
God has not forgotten you. He sees you and loves you, my friend. With Him, there is always hope for healing.
If you want to hear more of my story, check out The Unfolding Podcast, Page 1, Joe Buchanan.