Posted: 13 Jul 2009 09:00 PM PDT
Ex 2:1-15 / Mt 11:20-24
Moses was lucky to be found by an Egyptian princess as he floated down the Nile in a basket and then to be adopted by her and handed back to his own mother is almost a miracle of fate. God had great and important plans for Moses from the very beginning, and through this bizarre entrance into the pharaoh’s family God began to prepare him for one of the great leadership challenges in all of history — the liberation of God’s people from the most powerful ruler in the world.
God has special plans for each one of us, and he has given to each of us special gifts that are destined for use somewhere on behalf of God’s people. Whether those gifts will ever arrive at their intended destination, fully honed and ready for use, is always chancy business. Will we name our gifts rightly? Will we develop them to the fullest? Will we have the brave and generous hearts needed for hard and sometimes risky work? It depends on us and upon our choices, but it also depends heavily on the values that were implanted in our hearts at an early age.
Think of that when you look at the little children around you, and especially at those who are lacking the love and guidance that alone can give them the firm foundation they need. Will there be a princess who intervenes to rescue them as there was for Moses? Probably not unless it’s you. Remember what others did for you when you were helpless and give thanks. Then put some muscle behind your thanks and taste a new kind of joy.