Recently, I was at a church which featured a large depiction of Jesus Christ upon His cross, as you might find at many churches. I noticed the strangest little detail: that Jesus had a belly button. While He was in excruciating agony, his mother was there.
Jesus had a mother. A human mother. Other than Adam, the first man fashioned from the dust by the hand of God the Father, who had life breathed into him, every human born, ever, has been born of a mother.
Jesus’ mother, Mary, carried the Lord, bore Him, breast-fed Him, weaned Him, cleaned up after Him, and carried the truth of who He was in her heart all her life. She knew from the beginning that He was destined for suffering–the final gift of the Magi was myrrh, the key ingredient for preparing the dead.
When Jesus was born, the umbilical cord was cut, fell off, and left the physical mark of a mother upon her child.
You have a belly button.
You bear the physical mark of your mother, who carried you. No matter who you are, remember that Jesus had a mother who loved Him as much as any mother loved a boy. And whether you have a good relationship, a poor relationship, no relationship, or your mother is no longer here to be with you, you bear the same mark of the Eternal God upon your body.
Mothers are ordained by God. They were created in His image. And His son–the God-Man–bears their mark. Each child’s belly button has a corresponding mark in the heart of the mother who carried the child. Just as Mary bore the truth of Jesus and His purpose in her heart, mothers bear that same truth for every child.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from youPsalm 137:13-15
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Praise every mother today, and praise God who had given women the biggest blessing He can bestow: to be the carriers of His glory. Every belly button, even Jesus’, attests to the glory of mothers.
Happy Mothers’ Day!