2014-07-28 - What Would a Mother Say?
Yet Jerusalem says, "The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us." "Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! (Isaiah 49:14-15 NLT)
Could a mother really forget her child, lying inches away from her? Could a woman ignore her young, loving, and needy infant, vying for her attention? Of course not. This is the rhetorical question the prophet Isaiah poses. I’m here to tell you why it can't be true. I'm a mother, so I should know.
Even when I am tired or busy, I still care for my newborn. It's more than a job. It's instinctive to respond to his wails and gurgling sounds. The best parts are holding him, and his eyes looking up in my direction simply priceless. When my child is calm and content, I become calm and content.
As for the notion of not loving your own defenseless flesh and blood, maybe other women could, but not me. He is a part of me; I care what happens to him. That's what I believe Isaiah was getting at.
When we feel God has abandoned us, that we have to fend for ourselves, it's untrue. The Lord is our creator, our parent. We are His delight, and He cares what happens to us. We're not to walk haphazardly through life, wondering why we are here. God knows. He wanted us alive to experience life, to put our faith in Him, and to rest assured that we can count on Him in good and unpleasant times.
Lord, May I not be swayed by my feelings. When I can't sense Your presence, help me to hold on to the truth that You never leave me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.