But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you. (Isa 49:15)
One thing I repeatedly tell my kids – especially the oldest ones – is that mommy hearts don’t have switches. In other words, I don’t stop caring, fussing, and worrying just because they turned 18. I think about them all the time and look for opportunities to do whatever I can for them so long as it doesn’t impede their journey into a Christian adulthood. Even though I know they’re fully capable of fending for themselves, I still have to warn them to drive carefully, get enough rest, take their vitamins, and be cautious when they’re out late at night for work or school. Basically, I say it more for myself than for them. It just feels better to say it. I’ll stay out of their business, but I won’t surrender my position as mommy, because my heart simply won’t allow it.
Isaiah’s words remind me of my mommy heart. If I, a mere human mother, can’t abandon my post, then how could God? Of course he can’t. Since he’s both father and mother to us, he has the biggest mommy heart there is.