Why do most women gravitate toward babies, and naturally know – better than men do – how to play with and console them? Why do we feel so fulfilled and proud of ourselves when we rock a baby to sleep or keep a plant alive? Why do we have the natural inclination to take care of our husbands, boyfriends, and friends when they are sick or sad – to make them chicken soup or bring them chocolate or sit and listen to them talk? Why, when we don’t or can’t have a child to look after, do many women decide to get a dog or cat to satisfy their need to take care of someone?
It’s because it’s naturally in the core of a woman, the impulse to nurture. We instinctively want to nurture – babies, children, animals, people we love.
Nurture [verb]: to care for and encourage the growth and development of.
God was wise to create us this way. As the mothers of the world, He knew we’d need to be the gentle, sacrificial, caring ones, to keep the babes alive and well and happy. He knew our men would need us to care for them when they’re sick and comfort them when they’ve had a bad day. He knew we’d need to encourage each other.
This is one of the vital ways we as women are made in the image of God. It may come as a surprise to you, but our God is described in Scripture as having nurturing, mother-like qualities.
“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13
“[You] I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born…I have made you and I will carry you.” Isaiah 46:3-4
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8
Gentle, nurturing care is an important part of the character of God, and is one of the pieces of His image that He wisely placed into Woman, to reflect Him.