March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
The mother metaphors of this week’s Scripture readings continue in today’s reading of Isaiah 66:7-13. The birth image in today’s reading indicates at something that is hard and painful under any normal circumstances. But when God is the one delivering it is different. God gives birth even before the woman goes into labor and before the pain come upon her (66:7). Indeed, from a human perspective, “who has ever heard of such a thing?” (66:8). Yet, from God’s perspective, that is what He does for his people: “no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children” (66:8). Not only is the painful process of birth quick and smooth, the continuing process of nursing will be comforting too: “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you” (66:13). Most times we expect God to deliver in ways that meet our expectations, and when it does not happen in a way or time that we expect it to happen, it seems a painful and frustrating process. However, God continues to bless us with new birth every day regardless the circumstances. It is only a matter of whether we are able to recognize His new life in the midst of our struggles, and if we can live a life of joyfully receiving and embracing His promise of new life every day?