God as a Mother
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted….” Isaiah 66:13 (niv)
We usually think of God in terms of a Father—and, of course, He is—and of Jesus as our friend and our brother. But this verse in Isaiah shows another side: A nurturer. A comforter. Someone who fusses over us and watches us grow with tenderness. A caretaker. Someone intimately acquainted with all of our ways.
The word mother conjures powerful images of childhood for me. I’m riding my bike too fast and hit a rock that sends me sailing. I’m running for home base and I fall down and skin my knee. I drop my double-decker ice-cream cone and the dog gets to eat it. I have a nightmare and cry out in the middle of the night. Who is there, in a flash, to comfort me? My mother. Her kisses could make things better. Her voice could calm my fears. Come to think of it, I still want my mother when times are tough.
I’ve been privileged to watch this principle operate in a friend of mine named Lori, with her baby, who is one. Lori and I can be at the far end of her house, deeply involved in some activity, and she can instinctively hear Johnathan waking up from his nap. Before he ever begins to cry she is already there to pick him up, soothe him and rock him.
God tells us He is like this. Before we even whimper He is there—to comfort, to heal, to restore us again.
FAITH STEP: Are you in need of comfort today? Allow Jesus to put His arms around you and give you peace.
Written by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry