Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Mother's Love

Awhile back (when it was still September 25), I suddenly had the urge to watch Nooma[1] again, as if there's something of importance I needed to understand or even to remember. It was all about the Maternal image of God, and it was very interesting especially since it was something that we normally do not really talk about. To add to that, right after watching Nooma I read about the exact same thing in one of the blogs[2] that I follow.

They both talked about how God loves us and how "As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him." (Psalm 103:13) Both of them focused on the word compassion and how this word was derived from the word womb or womb-like. Imagine that! God has a womb-like compassion for us, His children.

Although I am not a mother we all know how deep a mother's love is for her kids, how she connects with them, and how she protects them and delights over them. To think of God's love for us in this point of view, makes it even bigger and powerful and all-encompassing. As a mother delights in us, so does God[3] (and in a bigger way)! God watches over us, He looks at our every move with loving eyes, He laughs with us and cries with us, He embraces us knowing that we need it even though we say don't, He protects us... He loves us so much in so many big ways that one cannot posibly describe it! That is just looking at it in the maternal image, if we add all the other images of God's love, all the other metaphors used, then imagine how much bigger His love is for us.

To think that these are just metaphors, imagery, words that are used to further emphasize the point, or to beautify our sentences. These are just words. And God's love cannot be contained by our language! And that was really their point, that very thing that I needed to remember and understand fully, that God loves me! He loves each and every one of us so so sooo much; so much that we can't even describe it fully.
2 Thinking Out Loud
3 A dear friend of mine also sent a devotional e-mail this day about how God delights over us. God really is all around!


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A Verse to Remember

"Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture."

- Psalm 100:3 (NIV)

And I Quote

"When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased"

- C.S. Lewis