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The Invisible Mom: From Mundane to Miracle

The Invisible Mom: From Mundane to Miracle

I loathe packing lunches (so I’m really glad school is out for the summer!) but a moment from those lunch-packing days sticks in my mind . . .

“Mom, pack me extra snacks so I can share” my son requests. So I can share. My mind wanders to the story of five loaves and two fish, a miracle that occurred because a little boy shared his lunch.

 

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9).

Do you know who the story doesn’t mention? The one whose hands are invisible and remains unknown—the mother who packed that lunch.

As I pack lunches, I begin to weep. I cry for all the times we as parents (particularly mothers), perform all the mundane tasks that go unnoticed. Standing in my kitchen, spreading peanut butter onto wheat bread, God whispers to me, It might appear mundane, but I can turn the mundane into a miracle.

All four Gospels record the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (a number probably closer to 15,000 people when women and children are included). Only John’s Gospel explains that the food offered came from a little boy’s lunch. Jesus multiplied what the boy shared and fed a multitude (John 6:1-15).

We know little about this boy and his mama. Was she among the women in the crowd or did she stay at home tending to younger children? This invisible mom played a part in Jesus’ miracle, even though she was unseen. God blessed not only the meal, but also her mundane task.

Her story reminds me that God sees my work and effort, too. He sees the mundane lunches I pack and the endless pile of laundry I wash. He sees the dirty floors I sweep and the runny noses I wipe. What if I knew God was going to turn one of my everyday tasks into a miracle? How would God’s touch change my outlook? Who knows, God might be using our mundane tasks to lay the foundation for a future miracle.

With this in mind, would you like grape or strawberry jelly on your peanut butter sandwich?

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work or our hand for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17, NIV)

Truth to Ponder

You are valuable, even if you feel invisible.

You are important, even if you go unmentioned.

Your tasks are significant, even if they are mundane.

God can multiply everything you offer him.

By: April White is the writer of Red Chair Moments, a diverse collection of real life stories, written to encourage others in their journey with Christ. She also writes for Inspire a Fire, Heart to Heart, Reach Out Columbia, Live, and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine. Connect with April at www.RedChairMoments.com.

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