The Highest Call
By Anna Caison
I used to think that the highest call a woman could have was to be a wife and mother. My role model (and goal) of a perfect wife was the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31.
After 24 years of applying the principles of Proverbs 31, my marriage didn't produce children calling me blessed or my husband lifting his voice in praise of his wife. Instead, it was filled with repeated acts of infidelity and, finally, divorce.
For a long time I was angry, confused and hurt that the scriptures didn't work for me.
Ten years later, on this past Mother's Day, I received a card from one of my daughters with the following quote:
"Let her works bring her praise." (Proverbs 31:31 NIV)
My son lifted his voice in praise, before his fiancÚ, of the discipline and instruction he received from me as a child.
My youngest daughter praised me, before her employers and co-workers, as a mother who made their clothes, fixed special meals, looked after the neighborhood kids, and spent time doing arts and crafts and other family activities with her and her siblings.
My nephew called from the county jail to tell me that he loved me, and thanked me for taking in him and his brother when their mother had abandoned them. He went on to thank me for teaching him godly morals, disciplining him and feeding him well. He then said that his being incarcerated wasn't because I had failed in caring for him; it was because of his wrong choices.
My eldest daughter called to wish me a Happy Mother's Day and to say that she loved me.
And, alas, my ex-husband expressed he hadn't know how blessed he was in having me as a wife until after he divorced me.
The Word of God is true. When it is lived and expressed through the life of the believer it does not come back void. (Isaiah 55:11.)
Today, I know, without a doubt, that the highest call a woman can have is to be A CHILD OF THE LIVING GOD.
ANNA M. CAISON is the third (eldest daughter) of eleven children, born in Chicago, Illinois. She is an ordained minister, preschool teacher and freelance writer for adults and children. If you would like to read more by Anna, you can do so through her website, http://www.christmadeknowninme.org