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
Fearing Pharaoh’s decree that every Hebrew boy be killed, a mother enclosed her 3 month old son in a basket and floated him down the River Nile. Before she did so, she coated the basket with tar and pitch. It was her way of creating a safe place to put her child, the heart of her heart. It all seems barbaric and greatly neglectful to us in our day and age, but in her’s, it’s the best that she could do.
I know someone who is struggling right now. It’s a struggle that doesn’t seem to have a rhyme or a reason, and for now, no end in sight. I think she feels a bit like that baby: enclosed in her own basket, afloat without direction, and abandoned.
But the thing is, that basket is what carried that baby to his destiny. Although it was adrift on the Nile, God never once took His eye off of it. And, in fact, He led it to where it was supposed to go: right into the sight line of Pharaoh’s daughter. When she discovered the basket, she opened it, declared him her own, and called the child Moses.
If his birth mother had not placed the baby in the basket, Moses would not have been raised a prince. More importantly, he would not have led the Jewish people out of slavery. He would not have become one of the greatest leaders in the Christian faith!
I am extremely confident that my friend’s story will have an equally triumphant ending. Although it appears as if God has neglected and abandoned her, He has lined her basket with everything she needs to get her through: a strong will, a deep faith, and friends and family who love and support her. Although she feels adrift, God has His eyes on her every second, keeping her safe, because she is the heart of His heart. Like He did with Moses, He is guiding and leading that basket to where she needs to go.
And like Moses, I am equally confident that when her basket is finally opened, she too will go on to do great things in her own corner of the world!
I’d be so thankful if you said a prayer for my friend. There is such tremendous power in prayer, and every single one matters.
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