Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I [the Lord] will not forget you. Isaiah 49:15
My first-born child started high school last week. As I drove by the school the other day, I realized she was inside, and I felt a sudden, strong connection to this building that had meant little to me just days earlier. I imagined her walking through the halls, finding her way to class, laughing with her friends. This young woman, once my tiny baby girl, making her way on her own. It was, as Elizabeth Stone has written, like my heart was walking around outside my body.
Motherhood brings with it a profoundly deep love for one’s child. Every mother I’ve ever met tells me that she never knew she could love someone as deeply as she loves her child.
This truth leads us to a profound experience of God’s love for us. If, as the prophet Isaiah says, God loves us more than a mother loves her child, imagine the vastness of that love!
Today, take a deep breath and allow yourself to relax into it. Let God’s arms fold gently around you, and feel God’s warmth flooding your heart. Trust God’s love to be generous enough to love you, and the parts of your heart walking around outside!
Dear Reader, please comment:
Share your favorite back-to-school story!
Recall a moment when the love you felt for your child was surprisingly deep and powerful. Savor it, and thank God for the people you love!