Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
I had to include the whole of this passage, because there are many wonderful details. His mother who loved her baby boy as long as she dared, before setting him in a watertight basket to float down the Nile. His sister who loved her little brother enough to keep watch over him. God’s providence, to think that it was Pharaoh’s daughter who found the baby. That little sister, bold like her mother, who asked whether Pharaoh’s daughter would like her to find a “Hebrew woman” to nurse the child, then goes off to find her mother? The joy of Moses’ mother, who saved her child and got to treasure him a while longer until she could give him to Pharaoh’s daughter to raise.
Moses as an infant was drawn out of the Nile. As an adult, God brought Moses and his people out of captivity and safely drew them across the Red Sea, parting the waters to let them cross. God saved Moses from the water at two significant times in his life. And God does the same for us.
Dear God, help me understand with greater clarity that you are working through all the events that happen in my day. Give me the peace to accept what comes, for I cannot see your greater picture and the good you have planned. Keep me faithful and grateful, even in the midst of seemingly difficult problems, so that I will keep my eyes fixed on you, ready to give you praise in all things. In Christ I pray. Amen.