“He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. “(Isaiah 40:11 ESV)
I want to encourage you weary today that God sees the circumstance of a mother (or anyone who cares for the needy 24/7). He is shepherding us. When we look up and see His staff, it shows us that by His authority he is loving, guiding, and protecting us. He has used His staff to rescue us and will continue to use it to lead us gently. If we are needy, our Shepard will gather us in His arms and bring us into the peace and safety of His bosom.
Those of us with young can easily become weary. Pregnancy, nursing/feeding, night-waking, illness, can make you feel like you are always doing yet never getting anything done. You are so tired but feel nothing has been accomplished. And what about that lady who needed a meal, the elderly person you want to visit, the phone calls to make! I can slip into the thinking that God is so disappointed with my weakness–that I can barely manage much else besides caring for my small children. But God is not angry with my weakness, instead he uses it as the doorway to His grace:
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
Over and over again in scripture we see that God gives grace to the one who sees how weak they are, how much they need Him. He is happy to love people like us, who don’t have it all together and recognize that we cannot get it all together. Us who do not have the energy to bust out piles good works to impress Him and others.
“But his is the one to whom I look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)
It does not say, “I look at those who are accomplishing so much that they don’t even need Me or my word. I can only love the confident, mentally stable, and energetic.” NO! He is for you mama, who prays for strength to be loving to her children while the toilet is overflowing and there goes your plans for anything else that day. Or for you who are holding a sick baby and can barely stay awake enough to watch your other children. Or is it you, caring for an aging parent who is leaving you exhausted and heartbroken today? Reach out to Him and He will hold you in His arms, bring you into His bosom and show you grace.