A few years ago a dear friend posed the question at my moms book group, “I take care of everyone, who’s going to take care of me?”
And for most of us sisters in the trenches raising children during this pandemic–many while working from home or going in to essential work– the answer has been I have to take care of myself because if I don’t who will (no one)?
And there is truth to that…we need to take care of ourselves without apology. But it is my conviction is that there is also a Mother in Heaven that cares for us as reveled by Jesus. And we can take comfort in her arms.
This is not a new idea, it is found in the Bible. See Deuteronomy 32:11-13, Isaiah 42:14, Isaiah 49:15, Isaiah 66:13, Matthew 23:37, and Luke 13:34 among others.
I love how my friend Ruth Goring illustrated this in her children’s book “Picturing God.” I highly recommend the whole book.
My favorite is Isaiah 66: 13, As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
So tonight after the kids are tucked in (or maybe sooner) and you have time for yourself, I invite you dear mothers take a few minutes and rest in the loving arms of the God who made you and loves you.
If your mother has never been the comforting type I invite you to imagine a mothering God who is different than your own mom.
But if your mom is a caring and compassionate mom or you know one like that as Sarah Blessey writes
“Perhaps you picture Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter books. Or Sister Julienne from Call the Midwife or Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables or Marmee from Little Women. Maybe you’ll imagine Dr. Maya Angelou in your ear whispering that “when you know better, you do better.” – whoever makes you feel safe and secure and cared for and then simply do what they say.” See https://www.amazon.com/Miracles-and-Other-Reasonable-Things-A-Story-of-Unlearning-and-Relearning-God/dp/1501155466/ref=nodl_
If there is a loving God like that, can you let her in?