Generally God calls himself our Father. But from time to time he compares the way he cares for us to the tender, motherly care our mothers extended to us each day. “You will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13).
Are you at the very end of your strength? Do you find yourself at a place where you don’t know what to do, where you can’t get through the challenge, where it is simply too big for you to get over? The idea behind that “Footprints in the Sand” poem that’s so popular isn’t some new revelation. Isaiah promises you will be “carried on her (in this case, God’s) arm.”
Do you simply need someone to love you and pay attention to you? You will be “dandled on the knee.” You see, God didn’t bring you into a relationship with himself just to press you into work and get some cheap volunteer labor out of you. He actually takes an interest in you. He enjoys just having you. Like a mother who is happy just to hold her child and play with it and bounce it on her knees, the Lord is happy just to have you, and talk to you, and see you enjoy his blessings.
So it is that he comforts us over the sins of which we are guilty and the threats that we perceive to the people of God on earth. Don’t despair when it appears that the church is in decline, whether in numbers or in strength, because God promises to care for us like a doting mother and give his people unending peace.