“Can a woman forget her baby at the breast, feel no pity for the child she has borne? Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you.” Issaiah 49:15
Take a few moments…close your eyes, and try to picture your own mother and picture that moment when you knew your mother loved you unconditionally. If you’ve never had a biological mother figure in your life, close your eyes and picture the moment you knew someone loved you unconditionally. Maybe for you it wasn’t a moment. Perhaps it was a string of moments; small actions built a great love.
For me, I felt it most strongly when I moved away to college. I always knew my mom loved me while we live at home, but I didn’t really feel lit or understand what that meant until I was older and had moved away. After I finished my freshman year of college, I got a research job in Omaha for the summer. I called my mom to tell her I got the job, and she cried because I wouldn’t be coming home for the summer. However, even though my mom didn’t want me to stay in Omaha because she would miss me, she helped me pack my belongings in my little black Honda CRV and drive across the country (1300 miles!) to Omaha. Once we got there, she helped me move into my little room for the summer. She also helped me out with rent for the summer. As I dropped her off at the airport, I realized just how much she loved me. She loved me enough to let me go. She loved me enough to support me even though it meant losing the summer together. I know my mom didn’t forget me for one day while I was gone. I know she thinks of me often, and I know that she loves me.
But if we take a look at today’s readings, we are reminded that this is exactly how God loves us. “Even if these (our mothers) were to forget, I shall not forget you.” God loves us enough to let us make our own choices and to provide for us even when we make choices He disagrees with. He gives us oxygen to breath, sunshine, each day, our daily bread, and satisfies all our needs no matter what. In His own way, God “drives 1300 miles across the country for us” every single day in ways we often take for granted. In today’s gospel God reminds us of His love for us, “That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and what you are to wear. Surely life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are. Can any of you, however much you worry, add one single cubit to your life span?” When we worry, we doubt God and our faith suffers. The opposite of faith is fear. We become fearful of the world that surrounds us, and we become incapable of living in the moment. Living fear changes the way we live. When our actions reflect fear instead of faith, they become boring. They don’t change the world; they just sort of blend in.
So, as you go through your day today, think about how much you are loved. Stop worrying about things you cannot control (easier said than done). Try to live intentionally with faith, remembering you are never alone and that God will never forget you. He will love you and take care of you even if you make mistakes. So let go of you inhibitions…and with faith you will begin to feel the unconditional love that surrounds you each and everyday.