“I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known” Isaiah 42:14-16
In the 42nd chapter of the book of Isaiah the prophet, God ministered comfort to His people who were in captivity (as a result of their sins) and promised them a great deliverance from their ruthless captors. God called this promised deliverance “a new thing” and He pledged to do so with a mother’s cry, strength and passion (Isaiah 42:14).
The English writer, Agatha Christie once said “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path”. Agatha’s words are similar to the way prophet Isaiah speaks of God’s motherly instinct, passion and strength by which He births “a new thing”. In His travailing cry and passion, God promised to crush mountains and hills, dry up plants and rivers, and reduce to utter nothingness anything that stands in His path as He births “a new thing”. In other words, no obstacle can get in the way of the LORD’s ‘labour’; no mountain and hill, no rivers and pool, in His motherly passion He remorselessly crushes and ‘push’ through all that stand in His path as He gives birth.
This travailing mother metaphor is so appropriate in Isaiah’s communication of God’s unrestrained willingness and ability to deliver His people. As God births “a new thing”, He travails like a woman in labour. His ‘labour-room’ cry destroys and devours the enemies. In His motherly love and care, He teaches His people how to walk, shows them things they didn’t know and never abandons them (Isaiah 42:16).
In spite of the love and motherly instinct of women, a number of them abandon their babies or even outrightly take their babies’ lives. However, God’s motherly love and instinct are not limited like theirs. His motherly passion and strength is so strong that He never abandons us or forget us. He has indelibly tattooed His children on His strong arm of deliverance (Isaiah 49:16). We thank God for our earthly mothers who had to push through a lot; birthed us and nurtured us. Our Mothers are reflections of God’s motherly instinct, passion and strength.