"He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young." Isaiah 40:11
This verse has been coming to mind a lot during this past week. It was read during last Sunday mornings service and it has ministered to me ever since. As a mother the imagery in this verse is especially meaningful. I love the image of Jesus carrying me in His arms and holding me close to his heart, just as I hold Naomi close to mine. The last line is a powerful reminder of the special care that Jesus has for young mothers. I am so blessed to be reminded that He takes a gentle approach to those who are caring for young children. He knows how draining and demanding parenting can be. I often loose sight of God's care for me while I am focusing on caring for those around me. It is a good reminder to slow down and allow God to carry me in his arms, to lead me gently, and accept the extra grace given to me because I am a mother.
This has been and encouragement to me, and I hope it is for you as well.