Comforted by the love of Jesus
I watched a video of singer Size 8 on an operating table, fighting for her life and that of her unborn baby, at a time of unimaginable physical, spiritual and mental stress, yet singing “Yes, Jesus loves me.”
I remember a similar time when God used that simple hymn for children to comfort and strengthen me.
At that point between 6cm and 10cm, when physical reserves are being pushed to their extremes, when body and spirit are crying out, “Lord, save me” from pain from another world, when I’m beyond the fight and have surrendered to the ravages of childbirth, I found myself singing, ‘Yes, Jesus loves me.”
Every mother walks that thin line between life and death, despair and hope every time they try to bring forth life. Giving life and dying go hand in hand. I guess it’s why motherhood changes you.
At a salon last week some ladies were discussing an unfortunate incident of a young girl who got pregnant.
“Let her give birth; she will now have a reason for working hard,” was the summarising wisdom from one of the ladies.
Motherhood was bound to rewire her. Every woman I have heard flying to near-servitude in the Middle East said she was doing it for her children. We have birth and our old selves died. Now we love for these small children.
This article is not about mothering or child birth. It’s about the love that comforts us when all our foundations are shaken. It’s about the love that pursued us when we were sinners and worn us over. I don’t know what persuaded you to become a follower of Jesus. For me, his love on the cross, that won my heart as a little girl. And that love is my rear guard when storms buffet my soul. When doubts and anxiety plague me in the middle of the night. His love comforts me.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
Philippians 2:1-2 NIV
Our encouragement comes from being United with Christ and we are comforted in his love.
If we have any hope, no matter what storms are buffeting us, may it be in the love of Jesus.
Yes, Jesus loves me. No matter the body shattering pain I’m in, no matter the state of my balance sheet, my marriage, my mental wellness, yes Jesus loves me. May this truth be a fortress for our souls.