“Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, and [she, together with] her maidens walked along the river’s bank; she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid [to get it], and she brought it to her. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. And she took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”” EXODUS 2:5-6 AMP
Who was this woman who raised Moses and defied a world-ruler’s order? Out of deep compassion she risked her life for a crying child. Adopting an outcast during her country’s genocide of male slaves? Just how did she think this was going to play out?
I can’t imagine what her “attendants” thought. Were they shocked, horrified, terrified? Did she think she could hide the baby among her family? Pass him off as her own? A daughter of Pharoah, she was only one of many children, of many wives belonging to a king worshipped as a god.
God used the compassion of one brave woman after another to save the life of baby Moses. The Hebrew mid-wives, his own mother, Pharoah’s daughter, and even Moses’ sister, Miriam played a part. Each took pity. Each made one choice… to protect a life, allowing it to simply continue.
And what a life it became! I pray God will honor every woman who has done something similar. The laying down of your own self (time, energy, money, dignity, plans, security…) in whatever way, for another human is a Glory to God! –the Creator of every precious soul.
Thank you! You inspire me. And may God richly bless you during this January, Sanctity of Life Month.