Exodus 2:1-10 (NRSV)
Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. "This must be one of the Hebrews' children," she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?" Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Yes." So the girl went and called the child's mother. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, "because," she said, "I drew him out of the water."
By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth.
- Hebrews 11:23 (NRSV)
I was out shopping with my daughter when I overheard a two-year-old boy proudly declare to his mother, "I found you!" I knew that all along his mother had been aware of the boy's whereabouts and his actions in the store, just as God is aware of our words, thoughts, and actions. God watches over us in each moment of our lives. When we "find" God and become part of God's family, we really only acknowledge God's presence. God has been with us all along.
When I was a young girl in the Philippines, we sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in Sunday school. Today, I read the story of how baby Moses was saved from being thrown into the Nile River. I have come to realize that God is at work in and aware of all the circumstances of our lives, be they big or small. There's nowhere we can go that is beyond God's loving gaze.
Prayer: God, we have found you. Now help us to put our trust in you. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Where will I find God in my life today?
Missing children and their families