But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. Exodus 2:3
Growing up in church I heard the story of baby Moses countless times. But recently I read the story as a mom, and it struck me in a whole new way.
What challenges me is the moment that Moses’s mother placed him in the reeds of the river. I can imagine how she felt as she set him down and walked away, not knowing what would happen. Certainly she looked back, tears streaming down her face to see her precious baby one last time. My eyes fill with tears as I envision the moment when her daughter came to get her, saying she was given more time with her son and realizing he would be safe with Pharaoh’s daughter as he grew up.
The faith of Moses’s mother inspires me. She had the courage to defy Pharaoh and kept her son alive. She trusted God enough to put her baby in a basket in the Nile River and believe He could do something miraculous. Because she did, an entire nation of people was saved. She probably never imagined her decision would change history. But the power of God working through a faithful mom did just that.
As I meditate on this story, I come back to one big question: where is God asking me to trust Him with my children? Where do I need to “put them in the reeds of the river,” so to speak, and step back in faith, believing He is with them and trustworthy to carry out His plan? I’m praying to have the faith to believe nothing can stop God’s plan for my children, knowing He can do more than I ask or imagine.
Press on, Mama!
More Moments in the Word:
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20
The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His instructions are trustworthy. Psalm 111:7 HCSB
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 9:21
To Consider this Week:
What is God asking you to “put in the river” when it comes to your children? What situation does He want you to trust Him with?
How does knowing God’s plans are bigger than we can imagine comfort you in the uncertainties you’re facing?
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