Good Day Readers;
I hope all of the mothers had a great weekend last week. I was privileged to preach this past Sunday for Mother’s Day. I hope you are blessed by this.
Until Next Time…
A Woman, a Mother, and Her Prayer
1 Kings 17:10-15; 24
As we gather here on this Lord’s day, we also take time out to celebrate all of the things that have been,
are being done, and will be done by none other than, Mother. This weekend there are restaurants all
over the country that will be filled to capacity to hold festivities that will pay tribute to Mother. All of
the accolades and all of the appreciation and even the out pouring of love is and always will be in order
but, I am here to tell you today that even though, we can show how much we love Mother, even though
we can shout from the mountaintop about how great she is and that she is #1 in our hearts, a mother’s
work is still never ever done. As we look in the book of 1 Kings and more specifically, chapter 17, we see
a perfect example of a woman, a mother, and her prayer.
In the beginning of this chapter we see the prophet Elijah saying to King Ahab that, as told by God
Himself, that there will be no rain nor any dew in the years that followed until God saw fit to do
otherwise. This was due to all of the sins that were committed in chapter 16. Next, we see that the
Lord instructed Elijah to go and hide himself in the brook of Cherith. From there he will be fed twice
daily by ravens until the brook was dried up. Then another word from to Lord came to Elijah in verse 9,
“Arise and get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”
Sometimes, when your own brook of life has dried up, and you know that the place that you are in is
desolate, and when you know for sure that the only thing you have with you has just about run out, that
still small voice will be there to tell you, “there is a woman there to sustain thee” and that woman is
none other than Momma. Surely, the father is and should be the head of the household but, I promise
you that before you even think about going to Dad for ANYTHING, you know the first thing he will
usually tell you is “Check with your Momma. If you want to use corporate vernacular, you can take your
request to the CEO but, you can best believe that that Office Manager knows exactly what you need
because she knows what goes in and what goes out of that office.
There are a few points that we need to consider from these passages. The first thing that we need to
consider is that there is a mother that is always there when you need her. My Bible does not say that
God spoke to this widow on Elijah’s behalf nor does it say that He spoke to her at all. All we know is that
God told Elijah to go to Zarephath and that a widow woman will be there and that she will be able to
sustain him. In other words, God will put Momma in place even when she doesn’t even know that we
are in trouble. This woman, a mother, was gathering sticks during the day to take care of her and her
son. She was doing things that only a mother could do. She was taking charge of her home even though
her husband was not there to provide for his family. Ladies, I want to encourage you that even though
you feel like you are all alone in this thing, even though you may feel like there are not enough hours in
the day, and even when you feel you want Calgon to take you away, just remember that you have a job
to do and, to be quite honest it’s a job that nobody else really wants because no one else can handle in
quite like you. Anything from that big dinner on Sunday to that small snack after the children from
school to the chauffer services to and from activities, to the in-house correction center that doubles as
the in-house emergency room that also turns into the one on one counseling facility and life skills
learning center, Momma you do it all and thanks be to God in the name of Jesus that you do it so, so
We realize that that Mother is always there when you need her. We also have to realize that a Mother
will give her very, very last. How many times have we gone to Momma and placed some tall order only
to realize, after she has given it to you, that she really didn’t have it to begin with? How many times has
Momma had her last 2 nickels to rub together and still manage to come up with enough finances to
school clothes, schools supplies, that bag of Cheetos that you wanted because you have been out
shopping ALL DAY LONG, and still had the remainder to get you that Happy Meal so you wouldn’t go to
be hungry? Keep in mind that all this was done before “Couponing” became popular! This was the case
of that widow woman in verse 10,
“So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, ‘Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.’ And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, ‘Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.’ And she said, ‘As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die…”
That Mother knew that what she only had enough for her and her son but, I’m willing to bet my last
dollar that her son was going to eat before she was. That’s what Momma does. When we call on
Momma, she was there, when we needed some K-Mart specials but, really wanted those Jordans, she
was there and before we got so uppity with ourselves and moved out to where the “other folks” lived,
when our friends came over and it was dinner time, they got fed too. I’m telling you there is something
about Momma that will make everything alright.
There is something about Momma that reassures me that she is doing the best that she can.
There is something about Momma that lets me know that she gives her all even when that all is all she
There is something about Momma that tells me not to worry even though she’s worried sick about her
There is something about Momma that God sees fit to give her the strength to keep on keeping on.
There is some about Momma!
We know that Momma is there when you need her. We also know that Momma will give you her last
when you need it but, while she is doing all of this, Momma is always praying because she knows where
her help comes from. If we continue down through this chapter we can see that the widow did as Elijah
has asked her to do but, I’m pretty sure that while she was doing what she was doing, there were a
whole lot of prayers going up. When we were in our younger years and when we were going through
the trials and tribulations of being teenagers having to deal with peer pressure, when we left the nest
for the very first time, and when some of us were in the middle of things that were because of our own
doing, Momma was on her knees asking the Holy Ghost to protect her child because, sometimes we
knew too much for our own good and even though she wasn’t right there to shield us from any danger
that we were facing, she got in touch with somebody who could get in touch with somebody to make
sure her baby was alright. When I was stationed at Ft Hood, TX, I was sitting in my office doing my daily
duties, I got a phone call from my commanding officer. I took a minute to think about what he could
possibly want and hope to God that I wasn’t in trouble, so I reported to him in a timely manner. When I
got there he left me at the position of attention and said, “Private, we just got a call from the Red Cross.
It seems that you have not called your mother in a while and she was worried so, she called to get in
contact with us here to make sure that you were OK. Right now, we’re not at war but, if we had been
she may not have had much luck getting in contact with us so, I need you to get on the phone right now
and call her to let her know that we’re not trying to kill you and that you’re ok. Yes, you’re in the Army
and, we’ll take care of you but, you need to let her know we’re on the job because, one day, you may
not be able to make that call.” So, he gave me his phone and I called as he stood right there watching
me to make sure I did it. From that point on, every time he saw me, he asked me, “Did you call your
Momma?” I said, “Yes sir, I did.” He looked at me and said, “Good because if you didn’t I was personally
going to fly her out here to whoop you.” I realized that, even in the Army, Momma had connections.
I’m saying all of that to say that Momma’s prayers kept me though 8 years and her prayers are still going
strong even now. We have to thank God every day for what Momma has done and what Momma still
doing. In verse 24 the Widow let Elijah know that she was a praying woman.
“Now by this I know that thou art a man of God and that the Word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.”
That means that she understood what Elijah was telling her but, she also knew that what Elijah was
telling her came straight from God. Momma has that connection with God otherwise, a lot of us would
be in bad shape.
Even though Daddy may have planted the seed, Momma was the one that had the duty of carrying and
caring while you were in the womb.
Even though, when you were growing, daddy may have whooped you when he got home, Momma was
the one that called you in her room to put something on those welts from daddy’s belt.
Even though you got sent to the best schools growing up, Momma was the one that taught you the ABCs
Even though you may have gotten breakfast at school, Momma made sure you had a little something in
you before you caught that bus.
Even though you’re setting in this sanctuary right now, Momma was the one that prayed that you would
give your life to Jesus.
Thank God that Momma was there for you and thank Him that you can show her how much you love