The miracle of childbirth and the labors of women to bring a child into the world present us with a most profound and miraculous event. Childbirth and motherhood is such a universally powerful symbol that it used within Scripture to represent a similar miracle on another, entirely distinct scale.
Probably the most misunderstood and intellectually challenging image of motherhood (besides the virgin birth) is described in Revelation 12:1-6. At face value, the biblical narrative presents us with farfetched scenario. First of all, the unfolding drama does not fit any known standard of measurement or law of physics. We have a pregnant woman standing on the moon (without a spacesuit), agonizing over a painful delivery and, if that’s not enough, she is being threatened by a huge red dragon (with seven heads) wanting to eat her child.
This cosmic birthing event ushers in the great battle between Michael and his angels with the dragon and his evil minions. The first key to understanding this spectacular story is that it is taking place not in the physical world but in a pre-temporal and pre-spatial realm – heaven.
The second key is that these fantastic events concerning the Lord’s Second Coming are to happen within each of us. We are told by the Lord in Luke 17:21 that “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” So we are not to view the kingdom of heaven as simply some “other” place but a deeper reality that must be formed within us.
Therefore, the coming kingdom of God represents a new creation within us – a new spiritual rebirth. This rebirth will require a change to take place in our hearts and minds (will and understanding), whereby we will be perfected in love and wisdom.
The mother-to-be depicted in Revelation as clothed like the sun and standing on the moon represents a new love and intelligence, which will bring forth new spiritual life from a more elevated understanding of the Holy Word (signified by wearing a crown of twelve stars). Her standing on the moon represents an elevated relationship with God because she is put “above” the moon – whose reflected light represents the reflection of a worldly and corporeal mind. So we are challenged to transcend our habitual minds in order to receive more profound teachings from the Lord. These deeper teachings are what the Lord wants us to understand as to what is actually gestating in this great cosmic drama of motherhood.
In her womb is growing a new faith-paradigm. Her crying and painful ordeal to give birth represents the difficulty that these new ideas will have being accepted into the world. The great dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, represents a powerful persuasion in the world to resist these changes, even to destroy (devour) them. But these new ideas will eventually succeed and replace antiquated notions concerning the Lord God and Holy Scripture. The “end of days” refers to the replacement of old thinking.
So, on this Mother’s Day, send your mom warm love and deserving gratitude for bringing you into the world. And perhaps, you can also begin to celebrate Mother’s Day on an entirely new level and order – the birth of a new spiritual life in the womb of your own heart and mind.
Are you open-minded enough to receive new ideas from the Lord and begin the process of a new conception within your spirit?