This figurine of a mother and her child is one of my favorites. It was a two-dollar treasure I found at a thrift store and it is named, “Tenderness.” It reminds me of the comfort and tenderness God gives to His children. It sits on a shelf next to John 3:16 in French. I love its simplicity and the way the mother inclines her head towards her child.
Today’s verse describes the soft, tender and comforting side of our God. We relate more often 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. His love is expressed through that comfort He shows when we are hurting. 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 are for us too, as He is the God of all comfort (II Cor. 1:3). Our comfort also abounds through Christ (verse 5) and the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter (John 14:16).
It is funny that even though I am a mother and grandmother myself, I still have moments when I want my own Mom. That desire for her sympathetic arms never seems to disappear, especially when I am hurt or ill. She is no longer here 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.