“Yet I was I who taught Ephraim to walk…” Too bad they didn’t have bicycles in Hosea’s day. Because parents hardly “teach” kids to walk; that miracle kind of happens on its own. But riding a bike? Dad or Mom running alongside, offering encouragement, teaching us to keep pedaling, patching up skinned knees, and reveling in our successes? Hosea’s inspired imagery portrays God as doing what great moms and dads do: teaching, fostering, stooping down to heal, drawing a child close “with bands of love.”
Take a moment today to recall the qualities manifested by your own mom or dad during episodes of great parenting: Hosea is telling you that our God likely manifests those very same qualities. I’m thinking of the way my Abba taught me how to ride a bike; what are you thinking of?
—Chris Lowney is author of various books. His most recent is Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World) published by Loyola Press.