In a basket

                    Have you ever held onto something so tightly that you risked losing everything?

Exodus 2:1-3 "....a Levite woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son... She hid him for three months but when she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and placed it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile." 

Joshebed is that Levite woman.
                                                     She is no different than you or I.
                             She loved her son and wanted to protect him from the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh issued an order that all baby boys be thrown into the river (Exodus 1:22).

                The thought of her brand new baby being thrown into the river like a piece of drift wood was unbearable so she held on until the very last moment.

She hid him for three months!!! Hiding a baby is no small task....

She protected, she nursed, she loved until it was time to let go of what she held so dear.

Joshebed loved Moses, nursed him, rocked him, and knew the entire time she was going to lose him.

Every new mom (myself included) feels the kicks, hiccups, and has so much excitement for the impending birth of a beautiful baby. I don't know if there are many things in life you hold closer than that of your child. 

The hopes and dreams we have for our future are often held so tightly that we strangle out God from the picture, not allowing Him to finish the work He has started. 

We hold on until the very last second before destruction, just as the Levite women did. Moses was certain to face death if she held on any longer. Instead she took care in preparing a basket to send Moses to safety.

She had no guarantees that the river wouldn't swallow him. No guarantees that he wouldn't starve to death. No guarantees that she would ever see him again. 

She let go and trusted God! 

Out of her obedience God responded. 

Exodus 2:5-6 "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...."

Moses mother let go and trusted God with the most valued thing she had. 

Once she let go...
                               God gave it all back to her.

Vs. 7-10 "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." 

God is so much bigger than just what you have planned for your life!

Because of Joshebed's obedience to release everything to the will of God she was rewarded with more than she could've ever thought possible.

Not only would her son be educated and raised as royalty....
                             But she would also be paid to nurse, play and care for him. God gave Joshebed her son back, provided her with a job, protected Moses from death and loved her through the process.

We all have areas in our life that we hold so tightly out of fear. We want to make sure that everything is taken care of.

Our job... our family... our finances... our future... our ....???? (Fill in your own)

What are you holding onto?
                 What do you need to place in a basket? What needs to be sent down the river?

Put your hopes and dreams in the basket and see what God does with them. I am certain that Moses' mother was terrified, sobbing and emptied of herself.

Through her obedience God was glorified and used Moses to set His people free. 

It all started with her....
It started with her letting go and giving up everything and in turn God gave it all back.

You are a history maker or better said a "His Story" maker. 

What does God want to do with your life?

Put your anger, unforgiveness, hopes and dreams in the basket and let go of it so that God can show you what HE is made of. 

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," DECLARES the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

Will you set it free?

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