A mother’s heart is never fully ready.
Never fully ready for the changes to come—secretly and quietly split in two; now beating for someone other than just herself.
Never fully ready for the skipped beats and continuous exhaustion it will forever feel.
Never fully ready for the load it will be asked to carry—the fears, the worries, the brokenness, the trust, the hope, the wonder, the faith.
Never fully ready to house all the love it is expected to store, keep, and share over the years.
Never quite ready for the wobbly toddler walks,
for the separation from the life she grew within,
for the growth and changes unravelling before her very eyes,
for the bursting pride and joy that overwhelms her,
for the aching, the waiting, the watching, the wishing,
and for the praying. So, so much praying.
A mother’s heart is never quite ready.
Yet, when God handcrafted a mother’s heart, He created a heart that will forever remember, continuously stretch, and unconditionally love, with each fresh step.
For when God designed a mother’s heart, He crafted it with a flexibility, unmatched: a beautiful wonder, with each new beat.
The way it expands.
The way it welcomes.
The way it says, “goodbye”.
The way it stretches.
The way it multiplies.
The way it divides.
The way it breaks—while it simultaneously bursts.
The way it embraces.
The way it envelopes.
The way it fights.
The way it conquers.
And above all, the way it loves…unconditionally, forever & always.
A mother’s heart is never fully ready, but a mother knows—that through her Father’s goodness—in all that she is, and all her Heavenly Father created her to be–her heart was designed to beat in nothing less than absolute perfect stride with the Sculptor of life Himself, who fully understands the exact same kind of selflessly magnificent love.
This piece originally appeared at Gracefully Woven by Elizabeth Spenner, published with permission.