The Breasted One
I am choc full of nutrients for my three month old baby. To see him latch on and receive the goodies my body has produced especially for him is very beautiful and also gratifying. It awards me a sense of purpose. It is what I was born to do. I’m glad I didn’t totally miss this wonderful opportunity in my lifetime. You see, we have three other boys of which I did not take the time to nourish. Unfortunately I did not understand the gracious gift so fabulously bestowed upon me. I took the gift for granted. The saying “with age comes wisdom” has been appropriately applied to my life regarding this instance. I only learned the value of my gift and it’s importance in my kid’s lives as I got older.
Thirty minutes after our last son was born, the hospital staff advised me to nurse him. The process was rather difficult at first because we were both new to it. Yet since getting the hang of it, it’s been smooth sailing. This is similar to the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father. We have to get acquainted with who He is and what He wants to do and be in our lives so that we can get the “hang” of our relationship.
One of the names our Father is known by is El Shaddai which translates into ‘The All Sufficient One’, ‘God Almighty’, ‘All Bountiful’,(and my personal favorite) ‘’The Breasted One’!
God revealed Himself to Abraham with this name in Genesis 17:1 “I am God Almighty(El Shaddai);Walk [habitually] before Me [with integrity, knowing that you are always in My presence], and be blameless and complete [in obedience to Me].Amplified
Not only is it a name, His character/ nature is embodied within the name. Some scholars believe His name derived from a root meaning of strong, powerful, or ‘to do violence to the laws of nature’. This is exactly what happened to Abraham and Sarah. Consider the deadness of their bodies when it came to bearing Isaac. The deadness was overcome and Isaac was born in fulfillment of God’s promise to them, after they were well advanced in years and past childbearing age.
One quote I’ve read that I think is worth sharing is that “God creates nature so that it is and supports it so that it continues”. Sort of like what happens when one is pregnant and delivers a baby. During a roughly 40 week process the child is “created”, nurtured, and covered within the mother’s’ womb. After birth the breasts “support” and satisfies the infant with vital nutrients.
Isaiah 66:11-14 further drives my point. It shares “That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
That you may drink deeply and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.”
For the Lord says this, “Behold, I extend peace to her (Jerusalem) like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will be nursed, you will be carried on her hip and [playfully] rocked on her knees.
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
When you see this, your heart will rejoice;
Your bones will flourish like new grass.
And the [powerful] hand of the Lord will be revealed to His servants”…..Amplified.
The point of it all is this “And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 Amplified
To experience God’s sufficiency one must realize one’s own insufficiency. It’s not easy to empty self, yet the less empty we are,the less we can receive of His blessings to us. We are His children and He is able and willing to satisfy and supply our needs just like we do our own children. Question is “Are You Hungry?”