As a mom, its easy to wonder, “Am I doing it right?” when it comes to raising kids. There can be calm, rewarding days of love and laughter, but mostly there are crazy, hectic, emotion filled days that turn into long weeks of little sleep, late night runs to the grocery store, and waiting on the washer to spin out so you can wait on the dryer! We find ourselves caring for our children in the most unconventional of ways and can’t understand how other moms make it look so easy. Motherhood is definitely a day by day roller coaster ride no matter how much planning and preparation you put into your schedule. Let’s look at a mom who had to do the unimaginable in hopes to keep her son safe.
In Egypt, Pharaoh began to fear how much the Israelites were multiplying and had given orders to the midwives to kill the male babies when the Hebrew women gave birth. The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as Pharaoh had instructed. When Jochebed gave birth to her son, Moses, she was able to hide him for a short period of time, but she had to come up with another plan when he was only three months old. Exodus 2:3 “And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.”
There was very little that the mother of Moses could do to change what Pharaoh had decided. She had to take the only alternative available and send her son down the dangerous Nile river and place her trust in God to protect Him. We know that God not only protected her son, but she was able to see him again and care for him until he was weaned. God doesn’t need very much from us other than our trust. Jochebed found that wonderful opportunities can come from unexpected trials when acting in love for those we care for.
Be encouraged today that you don’t have to do things perfectly in order to show your children love and care. Sometimes we just don’t know what to do, but if we will just have courage, Christ can take care of the rest. We focus so strongly on the problems before us that we are often blinded to a happy future that is waiting. Don’t get discouraged by present difficulties thinking you’re not doing a good job. Jochebed put her baby in the dangerous river because she was trying to spare him from certain death! If God can bless her and take care of Moses, He can take care of you and your children as well. Be encouraged today that no matter our age or the age of our children, Christ will provide the answers we seek and the provision we need. Motherhood is not about cooking perfect meals, having all the laundry done and the house spotless, but having the courage to continue loving and providing even in the most difficult of circumstances — God bless you!
I pray, “Father, thank You for loving me and blessing me with the family I have. Help me to do my very best in caring for others as I trust in You for strength and guidance. Give me courage when I have to make difficult decisions and the patience I need to wait on Your answers. In Jesus’ name I ask, amen.”
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg.