The book of Exodus tells of Pharaoh giving orders to kill every Hebrew boy born, to prevent them from increasing in number. So, when Moses was born, his mother hid him for three months. When she couldn’t hide him anymore, she put him in a papyrus basket, and Moses’ sister, Miriam, went and placed him in the Nile River, hoping for someone to find him. When Pharaoh’s daughter came to bathe in the Nile, she found the baby in the basket. Miriam came out of hiding and told Pharaoh’s daughter she knew a Hebrew women who could nurse the baby until he was old enough (Moses’ own mother!). Pharaoh’s daughter sent Moses back with Miriam to his birth mom (even though Pharaoh’s daughter didn’t know it was his birth mother) to be nursed, until he was old enough to be returned back and raised as Pharaoh’s daughter’s son.
And you thought your life was a bit out of whack?!
As I read this story this morning something stuck out to me that I haven’t ever noticed before.
An image of “Foster Care” and Adoption.
In the midst of this story, there is a mom who chooses to give her child up to save him.
His birth mother ends up taking care of him for the first few years of his life, praying over him and training him up to be a child of God, before he is placed in his adoptive family (similar to the role of foster parents today).
And, his adoptive mom, Pharaoh’s daughter, who raised him to be her own, ultimately protects him from being harmed and killed.
Now, there is a lot more involvement to this story, so if you want to learn more, I encourage you to read the book of Exodus. It’s quite interesting.
But, for the sake of today, let’s just take a few seconds and revel in the beauty of all God did for Moses.
God made sure Moses was saved from death, raised by a family his first few years who prayed over him so he could become all that God created him to be, and adopted into Pharaoh’s family so he could live.
Just like God had His hand on Moses to protect him when he was born, God has His hand on each and every child born today. If you are a foster or adoptive mom, THANK YOU!
The children you care for and love in your home were created by a mighty God, placed on this earth for a divine purpose, and YOU have been given the gift of being part of the Master’s Plan.
Had Moses not been cared for and prayed over by his birth family during his first few years, then adopted by Pharaoh’s family, where would we all be today?
How many times have we thought about the story of Moses and somehow pressed through knowing that if God could do it for Moses, He could do it for us too?
For all of you caring for children who you did not give birth to, remember…..
You are raising a Moses.