Okay, looking at a few different lists on the Internet (with no lists completely agreeing with each other) I came up with the top 10 toughest jobs in the world: 1. Coal Miner, 2. US President, 3. Alaskan Crab Fisherman, 4. Mercenary, 5. Freelancer, 6. Calcutta Sewer Cleaner, 7. UN Negotiator, 8. Logger (hats off to Gary!), 9. Prison Warden, 10. Mountain Rescuer.
All the lists I looked at really frustrated me, because none of them got it right as far as listing the toughest job in the world. Everyone knows the toughest job in the world is being a pastor. I’m kidding! It’s being a mother. Seriously. You’re working from the moment you wake up until the moment you lie down…and if you have infants (or sometimes even non-infants) you’re not off at night. There literally is no vacation. The most you can hope for is the occasional break of a few hours. You’re always trying to balance a number of activities and responsibilities. You’re always trying to make sure your kids are safe from harm (including harm you might feel like inflicting on them when you want to lose it). Kids pull on you all day, and if you asked my wife she’d say her husband pulls on her too. Rhea told me, “Daddy, you could never be a mommy. It’s so hard.” And she was right.
Let me share something interesting with you about the Book of Isaiah. It’s like a miniature Bible in that the first 39 chapters (like the 39 books of the OT) are filled with judgment. Then Isaiah takes a dramatic turn (like the turn between the OT and NT) and the last 27 chapters (like the 27 books of the NT) declare a message of hope and comfort, with a clearer focus on the Messiah. When God wants to reveal His love and compassion for His people in those chapters, it’s no wonder He chose to compare Himself to a mother:
- Isa 49:15 Can a mother forget her child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? Even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
- Isaiah 66:12-13 Her children will be fed, carried in her arms, and held in her lap. I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child.
God has given us many wonderful blessings in our lives, and mothers are definitely one of the greatest. If you’re blessed enough to have your mother in your life still, thank her!
This past Sunday’s sermon, Luke 3:7-9 Fruit Worthy of Repentance – Part I, can be found here.