Years ago a woman was paid to nurse her own son. This payment was not a promised benefit pre-Mother’s Day in order to deter an appeal for a government health plan. The motive for this payment was love for a child, love for a mother, and love for people.
Imagine being a Hebrew woman and giving birth to a son in Egypt at a time when the ruler ordered that every newborn Hebrew boy be thrown into the Nile River.
Imagine being a mom who had to give up her child in order to save him; first hiding him for three months, and then by placing him in a floating basket on a river. Imagine the anguish of the release. Imagine how your heart would ache to hold and nurse your son and to be a part of his everyday life.
Imagine being a big sister watching your mother place your baby brother in a basket and place him in a river and then walk away.
Imagine being a family torn apart because of an insecure leader.
Imagine being a leader so insecure you would kill and oppress others to secure and protect yourself.
Imagine being a princess daughter whose father has ordered the death of baby boys like the one you want to adopt.
Imagine being the courageous, brilliant big sister who approaches royalty with an offer to find a Hebrew woman who can nurse the infant.
Imagine the reunion of having the baby boy that you released back in your life and being paid to nurse him.
Imagine being the mom who had to release her son a second time to a princess who would raise him in a palace.
Imagine your child growing up to rescue his own people, the Hebrews.
Imagine a God who orchestrates this kind of love and protection.
God loves mothers. God loves children. God rescues the oppressed.
Read Exodus in the Bible and discover who you are in the story today: a mom who can release her child to save him, a brave sister who is will risk everything to approach royalty and save her brother and bless her mother, a princess willing to be an adoptive parent to an oppressed child, a child tossed to and fro between households but rises to rescue others, or an insecure leader who oppresses others to protect himself.