As A Mother Comforts…

September 25, 2011

Friends,
The LORD says to us, His people, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” (Isa. 66:13) What a beautiful verse to remind us of the innumerable times the Lord has breathed into our hurting or frightened or sad or angry or weary spirits His soothing comfort. He does it through His Word, through a song, through something funny, through a caring smile, listening ear, or warm embrace. He does it through the words of our spouse, “It’s going to be okay. Hasn’t the Lord helped us this far –every time?” He does it even through the purring of a lovable cat. He does it as a perfect mother would comfort her children… those helpless, trusting, human beings she adores… who are so extremely precious to her. Isn’t knowing this about our great and mighty God, in itself, ointment to our otherwise frayed souls?

And who is the “Jerusalem” we will be comforted over? For us, it can be anything, any place, or anyone, we’ve loved and/or mourned over. (v. 10) –Any we’ve shared sorrow with or due to –a city, town, church, family, friend, or one we’ve labored over in prayer… that one whom we’ve shared God’s heart over… whom God has desired to deliver… to redeem… to bring into new birth. (v. 9)

We will be comforted as we see them… or that one… comforted, healed, saved. We will delight in the abundance the Lord grants them (v. 11), and we too will flourish through them. (v. 11,14) “For this is what the LORD says: ‘I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.'” (v. 12) Who is blessed? Them. And who else –through them? Us. But, upon whose knees are we really supported and nursed? The Lord’s. For “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” (v. 13 again)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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