I was in the store the other day and caught myself looking around when I heard a baby cry. Even though my youngest child is now 3 1/2, my ears still perk up when I hear a crying baby somewhere. Maybe that mother’s instinct will never leave me.
It made me think about God, and how He always hears our cries too. There is a very sweet verse in the Bible that compares a nursing mother forgetting the baby she is holding with God being able to forget us. As unlikely as it would be for a mother to forget the baby she is nursing, God says it is even less likely, in fact impossible, for Him to forget us!
The Bible actually goes on to record God as saying that He has engraved us on the palms of His hands. As a busy mother, I know what that means too. I am always getting on my kids about not drawing on themselves with pens and markers, with little success I might add. However, even in this day of handy note-taking apps on my phone, if I really need to remember something, I write it on the back of my hand. To me this shows how important we are to God, He keeps our names there where He can see them always.
This is all so comforting to me in those times when I am weeping alone, when it feels like no one understands or hears me. I can know for sure that my God does hear me. He has written me on His hand and holds me close.
“But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:13-16