Life is often changed with the birth of a baby. Just this week, my extended family grew to include one new family member- a baby boy (my nephew!) named Landen. What started out as a day of pedicures and shopping soon turned into a hospital trip and a handsome guy with dark hair. No Mama knows what their child will be as she holds it in her arms for the first time, or even before that- when she sees those two pink lines on a pregnacy test. However, each mom knows one thing – she has been given something amazing, and now, the choices she makes in her life will directly affect the life of another. A baby changes things.
In the book of Exodus, we find ourselves in the very beginning of Mosses life. Although there has been much I could have wrote about in the first five chapters, my mind kept coming back to a certain lady named Jochebed. A woman who had a sweet baby boy, much similar to my nephew.
Pharaoh had spoken – and all baby boys were to be killed by drowning in the Nile. I am sure the words “It’s a boy” brought tears of both pain and joy to her eyes and heart the day Moses was born. Joy that her son was finally here – that she could love him, kiss him, and hold him tight .Pain, wishing she could return him to the safety of her womb, where the ugliness of this world could not get to him. Not all that different than today.
But Jochbed knew she could not kill her baby. And so, in the very second book of the Bible – we see our very first adoption story.
There was nothing she could do to change Pharaoh’s orders. Oh, I am sure each day of those three months she thought of what she could do. She lived in fear- and faith – of what would happen if she were found out.
So, she obeyed Pharaoh’s law- but not completely. She walked down to that river, and placed her baby in it. Yet, the very thing that was meant to kill him, gave him life. She placed him in the basket, and sent him down the river. The baby began to cry.
God used the babies tears to pull at the heart of a powerful princess, who “just happened” to be at the river that day. That “coincidence” changed Moses position from a child with a death sentence to a child of esteem.
In that moment- the first adoption – of many- would happen in scripture.
The ultimate Mama sacrifice was made.
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God had a mighty work to do. In the beauty and way of the Lord, he brings a baby into the world to change the world. Moses would grow to be a deliever- not from sin, but definitely from bondage.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1:25-29
God uses the courage and faith of Mama’s each day. We live in an evil world – and it isn’t getting any better. Each day, we have to make choices and sacrifices for our children. No, it isn’t always life or death. It might not even be as big as a decision as choosing to give your baby up for adoption – or to bring a baby into your family through adoption. However, the choices are hard. We need to trust God to use us, even if the way seems small – or like the choice isn’t really ours, or the sacrifice minimal.
Please be sure to check out these other great sites that will also be sharing truth from Exodus 1-5.
*Please note- these post will be added on Friday*
Bridget, from Becoming A Godly Wife:
Misty, from Beautiful Ashes
Rosilind, from A Little R&R
and Courtney, from Women Living Well.
Also, on Courtney’s site, there is a great Friday link up filled with other great post about this topic!
Here are my other post from the Exodus series:
If you are in a tough situation andlooking to make an adoption plan, please know that my prayers are with you.
If you are an adoptive family, or in the process of adoption- I am praying for you too as we also move through this process.
This link will take you to a direct place where you can make a donation to my family and our adoption.
Worshiping With My Life,