While I was reading and meditating on this passage, I was little surprised by this verse. We generally view God as our Father, and rightly so. So when we think about God, it might be a little hard for us to think of Him as a mother.
John 4:24 says that God is the Spirit and those who worship him, must worship in truth and spirit. Thus this is not a matter of – he or she. But God uses this visual of a mother, or father for us. In other verses of the Bible, God uses different human relationships and calls us His friend, brother, or children. This is so that we know him and understand Him. In this way we also relate to Him as our personal God and enjoy intimate relation with Him.
With this verse I am reminded of the role of our mother. She bears us in the womb for nine months, nurses us, teaches us to take our first step, rocks us to sleep, helps us to talk – She raises us. Today, who we are, or who we have become is, because of our mother. Our earthly mother might not be perfect, she may have limitations but she was still the one who brought us into this world.
Now consider God as our mother. From the day we were born again, or started a relationship with Him, he has spiritually nursed us and helped us to take our first steps. Then he slowly leads us to take solid food, which brings us to strength and maturity. Slowly we learn to walk with Him and be rooted in Him. And as the verse says – He comforts us. How deep and profound is the warmth and comfort that comes not from any human being but from God. It speaks to our inner most being and is life changing. God, just like a mother is singing a lullaby for us, rocking us and wiping our tears and giving us rest.
Be still in his everlasting arms today.