Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Perfectly Positioned


I could hardly believe that the position I had my eye on became available at the exact same time that I starting looking into other job opportunities. Positions within that company rarely become available. The timing was perfect! It was just my luck. Or was it luck at all?

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

What are the chances that Pharaoh’s daughter would be at that spot of the Nile River bathing at the exact same time that Moses’ birth mother placed him in an ark sailing him down the River? It’s amazing how God ordains things. It was the perfect set up. Moses’ birth mother was able to take care of Moses for three months before Pharaoh knew that Moses was alive. Three months is a long time, especially when you consider the amount of crying most babies do during the early days of birth. Most babies wake up crying loudly in the middle of night up until three months old. Because he was able to stay hidden, Moses was not forcibly tossed into the Nile and drowned.  Instead, Moses was carefully placed in a papyrus basket, similar to an ark. As I read and re-read the passage, I wondered where Moses’ birth mother got the resources to make and protect the ark. I wouldn’t even know where to begin to find such items, even in this modern society. But then again, women are often able to find ways to accomplish the things we put our mind to!

Speaking of women accomplishing things…Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe and returned from the Nile with a baby. Now that’s a woman who gets things done! Pharaoh’s daughter was filled with compassion and found a way to save Moses’ life. She could have just let the basket float on by. Or once she realized that the baby was a Hebrew male, she could have followed her father’s general command and drowned the baby. Instead, she kept the Hebrew baby alive and took him in as her own. Pharaoh’s daughter took heed of her position. She recognized the opportunity that lay in front of her and she seized the moment.

Often times, these are the moments we miss. God shows up in our lives during the times when we least expect Him. That’s the glory of the story. Be careful not to miss those moments. Keep your mind and heart stayed on Jesus. It will keep you from missing out on the great things right in front of you.

Share your story: When did God perfectly position something in your life?

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