Snapshots: Day 35
The Snapshot: “a Levite woman… gave birth to a son… she hid him for three months.” (Ex 2:1,2) A godly mother from a priestly family, a family with history, but now living in the most terrible of circumstances. She determines not to submit to those circumstances; she will not give in to the powers of evil that surround her. She takes risks, she preserves her son, she takes steps to ensure his future, and so Moses is eased into the world. Little did she know the role this son would play, becoming one of the most famous founders of Israel; little do we know the destiny of the child we carry or bring into this world. Who knows how this life may impact and bless the world as we create shelter and a haven of love, security in which a child of grace may grow, so the world will be changed?
Further Consideration: Exodus records of Moses’ mother, “When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months,” (Ex 2:2) but the writer to the Hebrews declares, “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child.” (Heb 11:23) Was it just that they were his parents that they protected Moses? The texts suggest not; they imply that when they looked at him, something in them said he was special.
In one sense this is true of every child, unique and made in the image of God. In the argument of nature versus nurture there is the acceptance that the way you bring up a child determines a lot of how they will turn out. The truth is that the end product when you look back on a life, is a combination of genes, upbringing, chance opportunities, decisions made and, we would say as Christians, no doubt the invisible hand of God upon us.
Powerful ingredients! We may only help the work of God through prayer, genes are set, but we can play a major and thus significant part in the way we love, accept and are there for our children. The random opportunities and their decisions are beyond us so the way we treat them becomes doubly important as far as we are concerned. If only more parents would understand this. How often do we see parents for whom having a child appears to have been an inconvenient mistake which they regret?
Such parents tend to ignore their responsibilities so caring is minimal, discipline is rare and then, under stress, becomes harsh. How sad that we can hinder the potential of our children when we do this. Moses’ parents risked severe retribution from the authorities of Egypt, just because they sensed something of his potential. They risked everything to save him – that’s what loving parents do. They are a challenge and an example to us.