I learn so much from my kids.
Yesterday Salem (six years old) was flipping through a Bible storybook when he said, “I don’t like this story, mama. It’s very sad.”
“What story?” I asked.
He held the board book up high. There on the pages of his Bible storybook was baby Moses, floating amongst the reeds in the Nile, with his sister watching in the distance.
And I thought, “I don’t like that part of the story either…’
There amidst the terror and threat of having her dear family members lose their own baby boys, this is the most heart-wrenching thing I can imagine. Moses’ mom put her own precious son into the waters of the Nile all in the hopes that he would somehow find survival.
Hebrews 11:23 says, It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
Then Salem turned the page…
He proclaimed loudly, “Look mama! He made that water stand up!!”
And all at once the Spirit of God reminded me of the invaluable transformation that unfolds for those who are placed (usually without their control) amongst the reeds of the Nile; a symbolic terrain of grief and great pain. Moses was placed into the river Nile by faith- and the river had the potential to overtake him completely. The river was full of threats that could kill a three month old child with only a basket to hold him up.
Miraculously, Moses survived. That river that represents brokenness and pain actually sent Moses into the arms of Pharoah’s daughter-the exact place the future leader of Israel’s deliverance needed to be.
And many years down the road, after being forged and transformed by the realities of pain and brokenness, Moses walked up to an even bigger water than the one that could’ve completely wiped him out as a baby, and by the power of God, He made that water stand up on two sides forming a clear pathway for others to walk into their promise and purpose.
Friend, that thing that happened that was completely outside of your control- that thing that came close to destroying you- that thing that was sent by the enemy to fully wipe you and your family out and rob you of all of life’s joy; this is the very thing that God is using to send you straight into your purpose. This pain is forging greater faith and wisdom inside of you that cannot be birthed any other way.
One day soon, because of walking through such difficulties and because of what was born out of you as a result of them, you’re going to be able to confidently (by the power of God) lead others through even greater trials. Because of this, you will be able to show those who find themselves at a pivotal crossroads in their lives- a clear pathway to walk into their purpose and His promises.
The waters that were sent to destroy you, instead are transforming you and catapulting you into your destiny- a destiny of leading others through impossibility into promise.