Since my stroke story began close to Mother’s Day on May 7, 2007, I wanted to share a story that is close to my heart about my own mother. I lost my mother when I was a young man in college, but some of the things she taught me never grow old and will be with me forever.
There’s a saying you may have heard that goes, “God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers.” For me, there’s real truth in that saying because no matter where you are or how old you are, things your mother said or did come back to your mind right when you need them. For me, a conversation I had with my mother shortly before she went to heaven reminded me of something I needed the most after my stroke. It was almost like my mother was there with me in my hour of deepest need.
I was feeling angry, uncertain, confused about what had happened and even how it could have happened to me when I was only 46 years old. I was too young to have a stroke and I didn’t smoke and I was in good physical shape, so nothing about it made any sense to me. But it happened anyway! I had a stroke, two strokes, and they nearly claimed my life.
As I pondered all of this in the hospital, wondering how I would even be able to go on, I was reminded of something my mother told me. She said, “God will never give you anything more than you can handle.”
Bang! That was it! That one idea from my mother made more sense at that moment than it ever had before. I realized that God was not only with me, but that He would be with me to help me handle my stroke and that meant with His help, I could do the work required. I could do this!
Whenever I think of that moment, my heart goes back to my mother’s love and all she tried to teach me. I thank God for her. This may be a good day for any of us to think loving thoughts of our own mothers and to thank God for the gifts they bring to our lives. Even when we aren’t conscious of it, a mother’s love sustains us wherever we may be.
“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you.”
Isaiah 41:10 NKJV