A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT MOTHERS
"Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 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. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" "Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water."
Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for Moses' mother to put her baby into the river? What was she thinking? Surely she could have done something to protect her child herself! But it was not a matter of desperation; it was a matter of faith. There was nothing she could do to ensure the safety of her child. As great as a mother's love might be, it is not an omnipotent love. But what a mighty example of God's power and faithfulness we see in the fact that Moses was not only saved, but was returned to his own mother's breast.
The wisdom of Moses' mother was that she was willing to trust her child to the grace and mercy of God. The Scripture doesn't confirm it, but I am sure that little papyrus basket was coated with tears and prayers along with tar and pitch. Things haven't changed much since Moses' day. Neither tar nor pitch nor anything else a mother might use to insulate her child will be sufficient to keep out the effects of a fallen world for long. Even the best parenting techniques must be mixed with liberal amounts of love and faith! God's grace, sufficient for you, is sufficient for your children as well.
Pastor Keith Andrews