Hello My Name Is.. (Week 7 ) – Samson’s Mother
I am so excited for this “first” in Mummy Meditations, in that our summary post has been written by a “Mummy Meditations Champion”! Yes, I really have a heart to empower others and allow them the chance to build skills, input their wisdom, and to grow this as a community. So I am happy to hand over the reigns whilst I am away to the amazing Pippa to take us through her own thoughts of this weeks verse!
Hello My Name Is… Pippa and I’m honoured to be your new Champion! I’m married to Alex, a Mummy to Evelyn (4) and Joel (2) and we live in Yorkshire 🙂 I love the ethos behind Mummy Meditations and I’m enthusiastic to be able to be in a position where I can be a working part of it. On that note, lets dive in to this weeks verse:
“But his wife answered, “If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, nor shown us all these things or now told us this.” Judges 13:23
One of the recurrent themes is the relationship between Manoah and his wife. In the previous verse, Manoah reacts with fear and reverence at the discovery that the messenger was in fact an Angel of the Lord. Samson’s Mother responds with wisdom and reason. She saw past his fear and had a strong basis of faith to know that the Lord had accepted the offering and that she would not perish. She becomes an invaluable source of encouragement for her husband’s faith She did not mock or criticize him. Some of our Mummy Meditations community recognised that her reply shows that she is trusting and faithful in the promise of the Lord. Do we always first seek to build up and encourage others in their unseen promises? Or are we quick to disparage and critic?
ECHOES HIS NAME
The miracle pregnancy, a being who appears to be human but is fully angelic and the birth of a Nazarite who will launch Israel’s deliverance…this is beginning to sound familiar! Jesus says in John 5: 39 “The Scriptures tell about me…”. There are some commentators that link the angelic being as an early personification of Jesus. There’s plenty to read on this subject if you’d like to go deeper but for me it’s a reminder to try to search for Jesus in every circumstance. Samson’s Mother was living in a time when, once again, Israel would not turn to God, but she and Manoah had remained faithful. In a similar way to Samson’s Mother, do we have the faith to see Jesus in all circumstances, even those that don’t make sense at the time?
Finally, one of the things that struck me whilst I’ve been studying this chapter over the past three weeks is how relevant this passage is to Mum’s! The Angel appears to Samson’s Mother giving her a list of instructions of what not to eat. I remember the moment I got a list of banned foods from the midwife. What? There are restrictions on the cheeses I can eat?! Then, when Manoah meets God’s angel his second question is, to paraphrase, When we’ve got the baby, erm how do we raise him? I remember those same fears. Even now I still have questions of how do I navigate potty training or cope with the emotions of a four year old? I’m encouraged that Manoah and his wife were keen to know how to successfully parent but came away with no definitive answer. Remember that we are not defined by how we choose to parent or how many times we might read our Bible. We are defined by who we are in Christ. During this busy season of motherhood if, like me, sometimes you can only manage to look at the study verse once at 20:55 just before the live chat then know that this OK! As your Champion I’m here to contribute to our community though summary posts and the like but also know that I’m here “championing” you all, you awesome women of God!
Next week we start looking at the story of the Bleeding Woman and begin by meditating on the following verse:
“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Matthew 9:20-21
I hope you’ll join me for my first Facebook live discussion at 9pm tomorrow night, where I will be musing over this verse. If you think you’d like to join with me as a Mummy Meditations Champion check out the details here! I’m hopeless at Instagram so we’re still looking for an Instagram pro to help with our Instagram account.