It is a comfort to me to still have my Mom here. At 93 she could soon be knocking on eternity’s door. But for now, we still enjoy her and all the “mommyisms” that she still says. I find myself sounding like her saying to my children, “This too shall pass,” or “You’ll do just fine.” Her faith in Christ has kept her positive, hopeful, and sweet even when she is tired and hurting. I still turn to her for comfort out of long habit.
I love our verse for today after just celebrating Mother’s Day. We relate to God as our Heavenly Father. But in this verse, God is also pictured as a Mother. His comfort is as sweet and warm as a Mother’s is for her child. That softness and empathy He shows when we are hurting is a side of the Lord on which we can rely. This verse is especially for His people, the Israelites, in the promise of restoration and healing of their land. But these beautiful qualities of comfort and caring are seen in the God of all comfort (II Cor. 1:3) being described as the “Father of all compassion.” Our comfort also abounds through Christ (verse 5) and the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter (John 14:16).
I will not always have my Mother to turn to for comfort. But I will always have the Lord. He sees my tears. He understands my heart. He comes in close to comfort and assure me when I am feeling down and vulnerable. There are times when I am convinced I am feeling His arms wrapped tightly around me.
Thank you Lord, for mothering me.