Better Things

Moses’ mother, Jochebed, placed Moses in a basket in the Nile River in an attempt to save him from Pharaoh’s order that all Hebrew baby boys were to be killed. Jochebed hid Moses for three months. But the day finally came when Jochebed knew she could no longer hide him, so she had to do something even more difficult – she had to let her baby go and trust God with the rest. Jochebed put Moses in a basket, set him in the Nile, and let him go. She had to believe God had a purpose and a plan as she let her baby float away into the unknown.

Then Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses floating in his basket and decided to raise him as her son. She unknowingly got his own mother, Jochebed, to nurse him. Moses ended up being raised in the most powerful household in all of Eygpt, which paved the way for him to be the one God used to lead the Hebrew people out of slavery and captivity. The faithfulness of Jochebed in letting go of her baby, even when it didn’t make sense and she didn’t know how it would end, changed history.

We’ve all had to let go of things – dreams, relationships, opportunities.  Sometimes it’s easy to know when to walk away, but there are also times when it’s gut-wrenching and filled with uncertainty. Life passes in seasons and they change and end and begin again. The wisdom comes in knowing when to hold on and went to move on. Jochebed’s story is a reminder that God is always working out better things for us than we can imagine. When we trust him and let go, even when we don’t understand, he will give back to us far more than what we have given up for him.

-Melanie Shankle

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