‘But I have calmed and quietened myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.’ Psalm 131.2
We are pondering some of the verses in the Bible that speak of the ‘motherly’ qualities of God. Today’s verse provides us with a very visual picture of the security we can find in God’s protection. The Message translation words it like this: 'Like a baby content in its mother's arms…'
This beautiful picture is of a protective and caring mother who is attentive to every movement and sound coming from her child. It is also a lovely picture of God’s care for us, which he revealed to the psalmist. I suspect that an image of a child in its father’s arms would not fully reveal the depth of God’s love for us in quite the same way as in a mother’s arms.
This is an image that invites us to make it our own; to see ourselves in that picture of a baby resting in its mothers arms. Put yourself there - how does it feel, and what does it say to you about how God sees you and the joy you bring to him?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission