Humans like to figure things out and, whenever possible, have a measure of control. Moses’ mother also wanted to be in control. Pharaoh had decreed that all baby boys should be disposed of in the Nile, and she obeyed, but her interpretation included the careful outfitting of her baby for his first water voyage, avoidance of fast-flowing or rough water, and the provision of a lifeguard (Moses’ sister). She made every possible provision to protect her child while still obeying the law.
As she returned home unable to further orchestrate the situation, what scenarios were running through her mind? She clearly hoped for her son’s survival, but it is highly unlikely she could have ever foreseen his rescue and adoption by the daughter of the very man who had issued the death warrant for all newborn Hebrew boys. And yet, this is exactly what God planned.
When you are faced with a challenging situation, do you try to control all the aspects, or do you make room for God to work in unexpected ways?
Dear Lord, have patience with us as we struggle for control in our lives. Help us to look to you and trust that you will act in ways beyond our imagining. Amen. — CS