Read Exodus 1:15- 2:10
“By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict” (Hebrews 11:23).
Hiding a newborn is no small task. There are certain things about newborns that are pretty obvious. People could easily see the baby . . . or the truckload of paraphernalia necessary to care for one. People would likely hear the baby as it has no understanding of the need to be quiet or the meaning of “Shhh!” People might possibly smell the baby . . . or perhaps the baby’s byproducts! Hiding a newborn baby would be difficult!
But that’s what the two Levite parents in today’s reading did. They hid their baby. Their challenge was to hide Moses . . . not merely from a couple of midwives who might take their son’s life. No, Pharaoh had changed his plan of attack. He had now ordered all Egyptians to take every Hebrew baby boy they might see and throw him into the Nile River to die. That’s what motivated these two parents to attempt the seemingly impossible. They tried to hide all visible, audible, and olfactory traces of their son from all Egyptians.
This was something they attempted by faith. Somehow, God made clear to them that their son was special. That realization caused them, by faith, to risk their own lives to save his.
The day finally came, however, when hiding their son no longer seemed possible. His discovery seemed inevitable. Next came a step of equal faith.
Up to that point, they had trusted God with their own future, while exercising a level of control in helping hide him. But as they placed him into a specially made papyrus basket, Moses’ parents were forced to trust God in new ways, surrendering any and all of their control.
That’s when God did the impossible. He placed Moses back in the loving arms of his own mother!
Do you struggle with certain elements of faith and trust? Is there something or someone you need to place into a papyrus basket and surrender to the Nile . . . that is, surrender it completely to the trustworthy hands of God? Remember Moses’ parents, and trust Him to do the impossible.