I recently finished reading the book of Isaiah in preparation for the summer training, and I’m amazed at how many verses there are in which God compares Himself to a mother in relation to His people. Here are a few of my favorites:
Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she would not have compassion on the son of her womb? Even though they may forget, yet I will not forget you. Indeed, I have engraved you upon the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me. (Isaiah 49:15-16)
For thus says Jehovah, I am now extending to her peace like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you will nurse, you will be carried on the hip, and you will be bounced on the knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 66:12-13)
Are those verses sweet or what? Now whenever I nurse CC, carry him on my hip, and bounce him on my knees, I feel like I can enter a little bit into God’s sentiment for us, His people. God’s care and love for us is so all-inclusive. He’s not just a mother to us, He’s a nursing mother. One of the titles for God in the Old Testament is El Shaddai, the Mighty One with an udder. He’s our all-sufficient supply and what He gives us is nothing less than Himself.
A few weeks ago I tried to reintroduce the bottle to CC since I knew we would be traveling. He hasn’t had a bottle in a few months because I’m usually home with him and it’s just easier for me to breastfeed him. He had no problems taking a bottle before, but this time, he refused to drink from it, even though the milk inside still came from me. I tried everything, but it was so frustrating for both of us that I eventually gave up. In the process, the Lord gave me a little light concerning my experience of Him as my real nursing mother. CC refused the bottle because for him, his food and his mother were one in the same. He’s not satisfied to just get milk, he needs the person as well. So many times I just want the Lord’s supply and not so much His person. I’m content with just having the bottle. But the more we experience the Lord, I believe we’ll realize that to receive any supply or blessing that’s apart from God Himself is to be robbed of our enjoyment of Him as our real nursing mother. We should not be satisfied with any food that’s detached from the source. El Shaddai doesn’t just give us food, He is our food. This was how Abraham knew God and this is how Isaiah knew God…and I hope this is how I’ll come to know God.