Bread Upon Waters

When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.  Exodus 2:3-6

Moses’ mother was a woman trapped between two agonizing decisions. If she kept Moses for herself any longer he would be discovered and killed. If she threw him into the Nile River according to the king’s command he would drown. In faith she chose to do all she could as she worked into the night forming a basket for her child.

woman sitting beside girl holding brown wicker basket

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She wove it together covered it with tar, and then placed the tiny basket into the river and prayed.   If ever anyone cast their bread upon the waters it was she. Her heart floated down the river in the basket with little Moses inside. She trusted God with what was beyond her control. Then as Moses cried, Pharaoh’s daughter heard him and chose to save his life.  You and I may not be forced to put our child in a basket but sometimes we each face choices that seem like the end of own hopes and dreams. We want to hold on to them as long as we can; but the time will come when we have to release them to God’s grace. We must trust our loving God who sees beyond the bend in the river to a plan that is greater than we can imagine. God will continue watch over our fragile dreams and then one day He will put back into our arms what we have let go of and placed into His everlasting arm.

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV


2 thoughts on “Bread Upon Waters

  1. Wow! Such a beautiful post. Cast your bread upon the waters. Indeed, Moses mom was a great example of doing this. I pray that we will be able to cast out bread and our cares upon the Lord. Blessings.

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