I am joining some ladies in “Chasing History” by OneGirl writing about women Biblical characters and relating their stories on how best they can inspire and encourage us today. Please stay and read on …
Jochebed was the mother of Moses.
I have read that she was the granddaughter of Jacob born from his son Levi, and was interestingly christened which meant “The Lord is Glorious”. Jochebed married Amram and had three children namely Aaron, Miriam and Moses.
She was not someone who had a key role in the Old Testament but her faith impressed a fine print of trust in my heart.
In Exodus 2:1-4, it says:
Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. (NIV)
Jochebed hid Moses for three months, and being in that state of paranoia for her son’s sake not knowing until when she can keep him securely safe brought so much stress in her heart. Until finally she knew that it was time to let him go.
I can imagine the pain and unyielding spirit Jochebed had as she put tar and pitch on the basket in preparing for baby Moses’ “escape”. The pressure of uncertainty troubled her heart with grief beyond what I can fathom … it must be agonizing.
The scenario must be heart-wrenching, her footsteps heavy as she approached the Nile and her eyes blurry as her tears streamed down her eyes grieving separation. Thus, as she laid down the basket to yield to God and let her son go, as a mother myself, I feel the pain of her loss. Yet, I envy how she trusted the Lord with all her heart.
Jochebed just let go and she let God.
In our life, it is always very hard to let go and trust in God’s sovereignty. Often we take the reins of our life and control it until we realize that it will not yield good results in the end. However, we should not let the wake up call come when all is too late for us to hear it.
Jochebed held the reins for three months, but yielded to the truth that her obedience was key to trust in what God has in store and most likely, better plans leading to her victory in HIM.
Like Jochebed, we just have to let go, and LET GOD!