"And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." Genesis 3:20
My boys and I like to make blueberry pancakes on Saturday mornings. My four year old likes me to make his pancakes in the shape of a doggie, using cereal for the eyes and strawberries for the mouth or nose. My seven year old usually likes me to make big numbers. Last time he wanted me to make a 1,000,000 pancake. We compromised with a 1,000 shaped pancake instead.
Regardless of what shape my pancakes are, one thing is always the same. I always have to poke a hole in the middle of it after I flip it over. Why? Because that's what my mom always did. Why? Because that's what her mom always did. There may be a real, scientific reason why the pancakes seem to turn out better with a hole poked in them, but the honest reason why we do it? That's what we learned from mom.
With Mother's Day having just passed, I wondered about Eve. How did she know how to be a mother when she didn't have a mother to teach and model for her? The Bible doesn't go into details about her mothering abilities, but as the mother of all living, I imagine she knew the distinct sound of each of her baby's cries. She may have kissed their boo boos to make them better. Maybe she worried about them as they went off on their own.
So how did Eve know how to be a mother without a mother to show her what to do? Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he him." When we look at the qualities of God the Son, we see Him tenderly calling the little children unto Himself in Matthew 19 and we also see Him fiercely driving out the money changers from the temple in John 2. Christ personifies characteristics of both male and female, both mother and father, both gentle and compassionate, along with strong and mighty. Donald Joy states in his book, Bonding: Relationships in the Image of God  that "All this adds up to a magnificently rich portrait of God."
On the other side of the spectrum as a single mom, I often wonder how my boys will grow into manhood without a strong father in their lives who can take them there. As a woman, I cannot take them there. However, I do serve a Heavenly Father who promises to be "a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows," (Ps 68:5). My mission is to remain in Him and lead my children in the way they should go because the Lord embodies all of the qualities I do not possess. John 15:4 says, "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."
Eve may not have had an earthly mother, but she knew how to be a mother because she was created in the image of God who is a perfect model to both mother and father. This is evidenced when the same God who said unto her after the fall, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow in conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children," also made "coats of skins, and clothed" her. (Gen 3:16, 21). Even though Eve did not have an earthly mother, she did not lack for anything because she was a child of God and He is both Savior and King.
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." As a mother, I may not always do things right or say things right. However, I hope to pass on a Godly legacy to my children because of all of the traits that my Heavenly Father does possess as both the Lion and the Lamb.
Thank you, Lord for your fullness of mercy, grace, and love and that you are everything that I need.