My current journal that I write to the Lord in has this verse on the cover:
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you...
I have been pondering this verse often lately as I care for my sweet baby Malachi around the clock. It is always amazing to me how quickly I forget the never ending diaper changes, drawn out nursing times that seem you've just finished feeding and yet have to start all over again, the swaddling and re-swaddling, and the shh'ing and gentle lullabies that become necessary to comfort a newborn. And with those tasks and so many more that I have not mentioned, God gives me the grace and provides restful mercies to allow me to be the mother he created me to be if I look to Him. I love to seize the moments throughout the day and night when I am awake and just pray through my exhaustion and somehow I am renewed. Of course, as an earthly mother of three children I have found myself playing the juggling act quite often. Miracle and Matthias need me and so I say calmly in midst of the cries from both children, "Mommy has two hands and two knees...one for each (and as I say this I hope that Malachi won't need me for those minutes). It was 4 o'clock in the morning and I once again was up to feed Malachi when Miracle woke up. I told her I was feeding Malachi and she needed to go back to sleep...and I continued to nurse Malachi through my sleepiness and dozed off. When I woke up I found Miracle right at my feet in front of the chair sleeping all cuddled up in my blanket. When she woke up, I said what were you doing sleeping by the chair? She answered, "I just wanted to snuggle really close to you."
Miracle's behavior led me to ask myself, "Do I believe God wants to comfort me?"
God's word stands true and I am comforted by this verse from Isaiah because I believe in who God is. He never tires, gets weary, has hands large enough to cradle you and me closely to his beating heart, and has a lap big enough for more than one child. I am so thankful that we do not have to quietly and sheepishly crawl over to his feet and be satisfied...No, he has promised to comfort us like a mother comforts her child. God wants to scoop us up even before he hears our hunger cue, he wants to fix the blanket so it creates security once again after we have been kicking and crying and are found completely uncovered and helpless, he will whisper into our ear the things we need to hear to calm our anxious minds, and if he needs he will hold us upright all night to get us back on His track...
Once a child of God...Forever a child of God...let yourself be comforted in the way you need today.