A Shading Tree {A Mother’s Day Special}

Lately, I’ve been blessed to spend my afternoons in our freshly-madeover garden. The greenery never fails to invigorate me, and I love gazing at the trees especially at the Narra whose wide canopy offers a cool shade during these hot summer months. In 2007 while pregnant with Tim, I had someone plant fruit-bearing trees in our garden: mangoes, atis (sugar apple), and pomelo. We had our first fruitful harvest of our atis tree last year. We have yet to wait for our two mango trees to bear fruit.

In summer, when the Narra tree boasts of a very lush, green crown, the lively chorus of birds never fails to catch my attention. Sometimes they would get so excited and cheery that they vigorously fly from branch to branch fluttering their wings loudly, endlessly singing as they go. I am in awe of this wonderful, intimate, almost exclusive relationship of trees and birds. And the parable of the mustard seed comes to mind:

Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?  It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” (Luke 13:18-19)

I’d like to think that our ministry to rear our children in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ is like us planting that mustard seed and letting it grow into a prodigious tree that provides a shade – like the kingdom of God. Our homes are like little kingdoms where God propagates Christlike believers, and we, the parents, are His husbandmen in this noble task.

I would never have come to know this glorious role had God let me continue to bask in my career. For me then, career always came first. But the thing that I thought brought me complete fulfillment was the very thing that God took away. I cannot count the tears that fell when I realized that He wasn’t going to give it back – the career that used to define me.

But now that I’m walking humbly  before Him, surrendered and expectant to everything He has in store for me, I know that what He has called me to is far more wonderful and grand and far more fulfilling than any career could offer, and that is the ministry of Christian motherhood.

I know now that had not God taken away what was precious to me personally, I would have forfeited this opportunity-of-a-lifetime of nurturing my children in the faith.

I believe that is the element of the tree-bird affair: the tree is never selfish. It exists for others. Just like the kingdom of God.

Mothers, we are called to be shading trees for our children. Like the birds that get cheery and excited under the protective shade of the caring tree that they sing unceasingly, let’s fill our homes with songs of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord who has perfectly planned our lives.

(Photo of our garden and the Narra tree).

Linked to Titus 2sday, Domestically Divine, Teaching What is Good, Encourage My Heart, Teach Me Tuesday, Women Living Well, Winsome Wednesday, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Faith Filled Friday, Spiritual Sundays, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Better Mom Mondays