“You brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast. I was thrust into your arms at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born.” Psalm 22:8-9
As I snuggle my newborn son I am flooded with feelings to nurture and protect him. I don’t even want to put him down. I wake in the night to check on him. I look forward to moments to rock him and nurse him. This morning as a worship song played over my iPod I found myself breathing in his richness and praising God for the gift of new life. I am overwhelmed by how much I love a child I have only known face to face for a week.
Then I was reminded of something Jesus said, “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him” (Mt. 7:11).
I am a sinful person. And as much as I love my child, that love is feeble compared to how God loves me and you.
So in those moments when you feel abandoned by God, when you feel alone, when you feel like the world is against you, remember this truth- you are cherished more deeply than a mother who embraces her newborn infant. And that is just amazing.