The Bible predominantly depicts God as a Fatherly figure deep in compassion, power, who disciplines those He loves. Ephesians 4:6 says, “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (ESV). What a beautiful image! This creator being of ours is a Fatherly figure who is absolutely a part of everything in the universe. He is the cause and we are the product. Amen! 🙂 But this same Fatherly being has feminine qualities. God created both male and female, so I believe He sympathizes, most importantly, empathizes with both the male and female spirit.
I am not trying to sound New-Agey or anything. I believe when we meet God in Heaven He will most definitely have a male presence but at the same time we can’t put “Him” in a box.
Soon-to-be fathers have such expectancy and determination to be the best they can possibly be when they meet their buddle of joy. But nothing is compared to a mother’s love. The Bible says in Psalm 127:3-5a, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them” (NIV). A mother understands the pain of going through 9 months of pregnancy. From worrying about morning sickness, smells being more sensitive, taking on more holistic diet, etc. A mother is with that baby every step of the way because she has to be. God is the same way. “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13, ESV).
I would even go a step further and say God is everyone’s mid-wife. God is love, so He is here to help you through every pain you are going through. Everyone is about to “deliver” on some promises God has given them. They are about to “give birth” to their hopes and dreams. 🙂 God wants to help you through the struggle you are feeling when you are feel like giving up on your future. Many women giving birth say, “I can’t do this.” But a loved one or a doctor coaches them to continue to push. God is the same way. And many times women say, “Oh, God” when they are in pain. Sometimes they say, “God” in a colloquial manner, not literally. But I bet at the same time, many women are in a lot of pain and have to rely on a higher power to get them through. 🙂 No one fully understands a woman’s labor pains except for the mother themselves. And I would go a step further to say except for pregnant mother and her mid-wife, God. It says in Hebrews 4:15-16, “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (NIV). You aren’t alone in your pain. God is holding your hand through every sharp pain.
So through that marital struggle, take a deep breath and surrender it to God. Through that financial burden, relax into His arms. And through that health crisis, cry out to Father God. I will leave you with this verse found in Isaiah 49:15, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you” (ESV).
Have you experienced God taking you some tough seasons your life but felt the blessings of the Lord on the other side of it? Please share your thoughts with me. 🙂
Carly (Message In Stanza)