Dear Cobham Park Church Family,
I grew up with a mother, and I’m currently married to one. I’ve also counted many mothers as friends. I’ve often observed, studied, and pondered various aspects of motherhood. But does all this experience make me a motherhood expert? Nope—not without personally conceiving, carrying, delivering, and caring for a new human life. There is something mysterious and profound about a mother’s love that I can’t fully understand. As much as I love my own Mom, I sense that she loves me on another level. I deeply love my own sons. But as I watch Tammy, I realize that her unique connection with our children is deeper still.
Since God’s love is also mysterious and profound, perhaps mothers have a head start in appreciating it. Your mother knew about you before you were born, but God conceived you in His thoughts before you even existed. He lovingly created you. He knew everything about you (and who you would be) when you were still growing in the darkness of your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16). God takes careful note of everything about you. He is more attentive than any mother—even numbering the hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30). They say that nobody knows you like your mother, but only the Lord sees all your inner thoughts and secret motives (1 Samuel 16:7). Your hidden sins and virtues are well-known to Him—and He loves you anyway! Your mother may have carried you for 9 months, but God has patiently carried you through many years. And in Jesus Christ, He delivers us into new life:
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God (John 1:12-13, NLT).”
A mother may somehow forget her baby, but God will never forget about you (Isaiah 49:15)! He is there for the long haul. And because God loves you and me, He will correct and guide us as firmly or gently as is necessary for our good (Hebrews 12:6). He will gradually shape your character and teach you how to grow in Jesus. If you’ve ever experienced a mamma-bear’s rage, you’ll know better than to mess with one of God’s kids. Just as a mom might affectionately compile scrapbooks, photo albums, and boxfuls of mementos to document her child’s life, so God treasures you—even your tears (Psalm 56:8). Have you ever seen a sobbing child run to his mother’s comforting arms? If so, you saw a sneak preview of what awaits us; God will one day wipe every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4).”
In His Love,