Mom lesson from Solomon
Just the other day, I told a friend I don’t think I’m as on top of my teaching game as I once was… but I’m wiser. If only I could take the wisdom I have now and combine it with my younger self! But such is life! We must live and put in years to grow in wisdom.
That is unless you were Solomon.
According to 1 Kings 10, the Queen of Sheba traveled from afar to see if the rumors of Solomon’s great wisdom were true. From the text we can infer she thought the tales were exaggerated. Yet after she spent time with the King and heard his answers to all her difficult questions, she admitted the stories of his wisdom didn’t tell half the true story.
With Solomon’s great wisdom established, let’s step back a few chapters to the early days of his reign after his father David’s death. Solomon made a move most unusual for a man in his position… a move that moves my heart on this special weekend.
“When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak with him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand.” 1 Kings 2:19
Solomon’s decision to place a second throne beside his for his mother speaks to me as a daughter, daughter-in-law and as a mother. Three take-a-ways for me-
First, we as children never get too old to honor our mothers. In fact, I think we need the perspective of time to truly learn to appreciate Moms.
Second, We should never let our status in life interfere with honoring Mom. Solomon was a king like no other abounding in wisdom, wealth, and power but as soon as Mom walked in he got up from his throne, went to her, bowed, and then seated her on the throne beside him.
Third, Mom’s are imperfect. I love my Momma but she isn’t perfect. Neither am I. Just last Saturday, I had a conversation with my youngest and it started with me telling him how imperfect a mom I am (though I doubt that was a shock to him). I was apologizing for something I did with good intentions that I should not have done… growing that wisdom thing again!
In Solomon’s case, he could look back at his mother’s past and see her imperfect moments clearly. Growing up in the palace, Solomon probably heard the whispered comments, gossip, about his mother’s affair with his father when both were married to other people. So, yes, he knew his mother was imperfect but she loved him and he loved her and honored her.
Sunday is the day set aside to remember one of God’s greatest blessings and creations… mothers. Many poems, songs, and notes have been written about this most wonderful gift. Some will celebrate with joy this weekend. Some with shed a tear for a mom that has left this world already. Some will feel separated from those around them because they never knew the love of a mother… for you I pray.
As for me, I will be thanking God for a wonderful imperfect Mom and a wonderful imperfect mother-in-law. I will also be reflecting on the journey that God set me on nearly 27 years ago when he made me a mother. Though this journey has not been without tears and heartache, I wouldn’t trade it for anything! My greatest blessings are named Rachel, Jerad, & Aaron. So very blessed! I will be the first to tell you of my imperfections and can quickly list many of the mistakes I’ve made but I can also paint many pictures of perfect joy-filled moments along the way.
Thank you, God for the gift of mothers and motherhood. Continue to hand down the wisdom so I can do better today than yesterday! Amen!