Reading: Exodus 2: 1-10
Verse Three: But when she could hide him no longer…
Today’s passage has lots of characters who are all just part of God’s big plan. Each is playing a role unsuspectingly. If each were to be told the plan ahead of time and then we’re asked to go out and perform their part, the odds of success would have dropped. We are much the same when it comes to living out our faith and the plans God has for us. This is partially because our vision is so limited compared to God’s plans and partially because we too easily allow fear and doubt to whisper in our ear. And God’s plans require trust too.
The edict to kill all make Hebrew babies had been given. Our first character today ignores this and keeps her baby. “But when she could hide him no longer..” she fashions a boat out of a basket and places him in the river. The older sister decides to stand off at a distance to watch the basket. Pharaoh’s daughter comes to the river to bathe and notices the basket. A slave girl is sent to fetch it. Pharaoh’s daughter knows it is a Hebrew baby and decides to keep it anyway. The sister reconnects baby and mother for a time and then Moses grows up in Pharaoh’s home. It is a plan none could have dreamed up and one that none would willingly have participated in.
Yet character after character plays their role in God’s big plan. One day this baby will lead the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness. At the time, none knew this. But something told the mother to keep the baby and then to place it in the river. Something told the sister to watch and then to approach Pharaoh’s daughter. Something told her to fetch the basket and then to keep the baby that should have been killed. Something will whisper into our heart today. When God whispers, will we hear and respond, playing our role in God’s big plan?