What a great reminder of the love of our rescuing God! He missed us before we ever missed Him and came looking, listening for us to call out to Him. Disregarding the inconvenience and pain of the rescue, He reached out for us and brought us to safety in strong and tender arms. The love my daughter has for her kitten is just a spark of the great blazing love God has for us. He is all about rescue. And we love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself for us.
In Ezekiel 16, the nation of Israel is compared to an abandoned baby that was rescued and lavished with extravagant love. As the little girl grew into womanhood, she turned her back on her benefactor and sought other admirers. But, He loved her while she wandered and when she was broken and despairing, He forgave her and restored her and made her lovely again.
That is a picture of what God does for each of us. And as women, we have a unique understanding of how God wants to cherish and protect us because that is the longing of every woman in human relationship. How much more meaningful to realize that longing is but a glimpse into the heart of God and His loving plan for our lives.
(for more study, see chapter 2 of
Reflecting Beauty: Embracing the Creator's Design,
releasing april 2010)