Wednesday, January 18, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 18

This morning I read about the tumultuous beginning of Moses. His people were slaves in Egypt and viciously oppressed. At the time of his birth baby boys were being put to death because the Egyptians feared an uprising. Moses' parents didn't know what to do with him so they sent down the river in a basket. How did that seem like a good idea?

As I read this familiar story there was a little line that I'd never noticed before. Moses' mother "saw that he was special" (Ex 2:2) What on earth does that mean? He wasn't tall or gifted athletically. He wasn't a natural leader or good at math. He was a baby! They wiggle, and cry, and poop and demand to be fed! It seems to me that shes sensed some kind of grander purpose for her son...and she was right. Some of us sense that God has a purpose for our life that is more special than what we are currently experiencing. We look at people like Mary, Moses, Peter, and Priscilla and Aquila and think, "what if?" or "why not me?"

One of the problems with reading about heroes of the faith is that we tend to idealize the hero, without taking the larger story into consideration. God didn't choose them so that they could be a hero. God didn't choose them because they were talented, gifted, or special. He certainly didn't choose them so people would give them their attention. God chose them to because He is special, and had his own special plans. Being invited into his plan, on any level, makes us special. Being included on the Master's master plan is what makes us special. And just like baby Moses' mother thought he was special, Father God has known since before your birth that you are special. And he has plans that don't revolve around you, but they do include you. So be faithful in your part of His plan. Know that you are special because you're on his team. And God didn't notice you are special, He made you special. (Hope that his plan isn't to send you down the river!!!)

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Exodus 1-3


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