“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you” — Isaiah 66:13
In these comforting words we see a very tender and compassionate image of our God. We’re used to thinking of God in the masculine sense. When teaching His disciples how to pray, Jesus told them to address God as “Our Father.” Yet here, God reveals that His nature is not limited to a small stereotypical viewpoint. God is much more profound than that. “God is spirit” (John 4:24), and likens Himself to many fatherly and motherly characteristics.
Again, we see another example of this when Jesus personified a mother’s nurturing and protective trait when He said “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,…How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,” (Matthew 23:37).
I’ve heard a saying, “God could not be everywhere, so He made mothers.” We know this is not true because God is, in fact, everywhere. However, I appreciate the sentiment, which is to say that God has created mothers in His very own nature, so that they could be His image bearers. God has chosen to display a certain uniqueness of His nature and personality to the world through mothers in a way that others cannot fully exhibit.
Have you ever thought of a mother’s love as a reflection of the image of God? As we deepen our understanding of God, this must not be overlooked.