At three months old, our baby Joel is the joy of our family. In the evening he lies in his crib, falling asleep while gazing at his mobile. He wakes in the night for just one snack from his mommy now. In the morning Joel opens his eyes, smiling to greet a new day. Joel loves his diaper change table where he lies on his back, receiving full attention from Mommy or Daddy. He enjoys lying on his back so much, we often lay him on the kitchen table while we are eating. Another favorite spot is his playpen; there he holds and tastes his toys and blankets. Joel loves it when a family member peeks into his playpen to say hello. He will smile and laugh like there is a joke. Sometimes Joel fusses when we strap him in his car seat, but he makes the best of it and takes a nap. Joel brings so much joy to our family.
At three months old baby Moses must also have brought joy to his family. We read his story in the Bible book of Exodus. As I read I wonder…Did Moses sleep at night? Did he enjoy snacks from his mommy? Did Moses have diapers to change? Did he like to be carried or lie on his back? What kind of toys did Moses play with? Did his older sister Miriam or older brother Aaron try to make him laugh and smile? How did they feel when their mother put Moses in a basket in the Nile River? Miriam must have worried as she watched nearby. Aaron was only three, so perhaps he didn’t understand. Jochebed, Moses’ mommy, was heartbroken to send off Moses. But what joy was hers when Pharaoh’s daughter asked her to nurse her very own baby. No longer did she have to hide her beautiful boy.
As I hold my own dear baby and reflect on baby Moses, I see how God’s timing is perfect. At three months old, babies are often over their newborn colic, so Moses didn’t fuss in the basket. They aren’t rolling over yet, so Moses wouldn’t tip his basket in the Nile River. A three-month old baby isn’t babbling too much, so he wouldn’t attract attention, except from the person God intended to adopt him — Pharaoh’s daughter. Three month old babies have cute round faces, big eyes, and smiles to charm the heart of Pharaoh’s daughter. And, they aren’t eating solid food yet, so Moses’ own mother was called to nurse her baby. God’s timing was perfect to protect His servant Moses, who would lead His people to freedom.
God’s timing is also perfect for our baby. I wanted baby Joel to come nine years ago, six years ago, and three years ago. But God had a different plan. He sent him now. God knew this is the time we needed baby Joel. I can’t imagine what God has planned for him, just as Jochebed did not know the plans God had for Moses. God’s timing is always right. Such lessons the Lord teaches me through our three month old baby. Thank you, Jesus.
Today’s TEA CUPP: What is Jesus doing in your life at just the right time? Reflect on this verse: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6 (NIV)
Moses Is Born
2 And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. 2 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. 3 But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.
5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it. 6 And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?”
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother. 9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses,saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.” Exodus 2:1-10 (NKJV)