Stronger than Steel

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. (NIV Proverbs 31:29)

Too often, it seems, we only really grasp a blessing long after the fact. I know that in my own life, I have taken many of them for granted. Some of the most important blessings in my life came in the form of mothers who carried loads that I was far too weak or ill equipped to carry. Let me first say that women are certainly not weaker than men. I have heard that, pound for pound, silk is stronger than steel. If the mothers that God has placed in my life are any indication, then it is most certainly true.

My own mother raised five children as a single mom. She worked long hours for minimal pay and yet managed to feed, clothe, and house us. She pushed us to work hard and encouraged us to reach our full potentials. She brought down the hammer when we messed up, but she never gave up hope for us. We went through some dark times, but my mom made sure that we saw the light. She helped us to move forward so that we might also become lights to others. She emulated this by never turning away another person in need. I can’t tell you how many people passed through our house. She represented strength against all odds and taught us that we were never too poor to bless another.

My god-mother is one of the sweetest women on the planet. When my mom and I butted heads, my god-mother had this way of making me see when I was wrong—which was most of the time …OK, it was probably all the time. She could do this because her love and intentions were so transparent and she knew how hard my own mom worked. My god-mother had this way of making me feel like I was the most important person on the planet. She showed me a love that insisted I had value and purpose in this world.

My step-mother stood by my father’s side during the darkest moments of his life. She protected him from himself, she prayed for him, she stayed strong for him, and she stayed by his side when it would have been acceptable for her to leave. She, in no small part, helped pave the path that brought my father to his knees before Jesus and saved his life. My father then began praying diligently for me as well as my siblings. His prayers for me were answered when God freed me from my darkness as well. Her willingness to intercede for another taught me how important prayer really is.

My wife is the mother of our four children. She reminds me every day that God entrusted her to encourage, protect, pray for, love, and nurture these children. This is a role that she takes very seriously. My wife teaches us that a person should not allow their past to dictate their future. She has taken every horrible thing done to her, given it over to God, and allowed Him to make her into the amazing woman that she is. Even when life deals her blow after blow after blow, she stands in the glory of God and gives Him praise! She has taught me how to lean upon God for strength.

These are a few of the mothers that God has placed in my life. They have each impacted me in tremendous ways and I am grateful for them. There are many mothers who may feel as if their work is done in vain—it is not. There are some mothers who may think that they are not really a mother—they are mistaken. Steel is not strong enough to do what only a woman can. Let the mothers in your life know that.

Mothers, many women do noble things, but you surpass them all!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Pastor Raul Granillo