Birth | Devotion 5: Safe Place
This is one of those special Bible stories that smack you in the face with God’s awesome plan. Sometimes it appears that everything in life is against you, but God guides you through step by step.
When my best friend was a toddler, he drowned in a filthy river in the summer heat. His father was able to revive him, and he was rushed to the hospital where doctors expected his best case scenario was extreme brain damage and a comatose state. God had other plans for him. My friend made a full recovery and went on to live a healthy life, play high school football, and serve in the Air Force. He and his wife now have three children.
I heard his drowning story when we were in high school, and I knew God had big plans for him. It was no stroke of luck that he had survived in such a miraculous way. My friend went through his rebellious phase, but then something changed. God spoke to him, and he listened. He began to make changes to his life; distancing himself from unhealthy friendships, volunteering in church, and going back to school to prepare for ministry. He was hired as the worship pastor at our home church and has been preparing himself to become the senior pastor one day. He has gone from a friend I felt I was mentoring to a friend I admire and in whom I can receive godly counsel.
I see in Moses’ early life a similar plan from God. A little boy who was supposed to die was saved. Pharaoh decreed that Hebrew boys should be drowned in the Nile, but it was that river that carried Moses to a safe place. Moses was raised in the household that ordered his death. Laughter is an appropriate response when you read that Pharaoh’s daughter offered to pay Moses’ mother to nurse him.
This story is a reminder that God is all-powerful. He is bigger than our circumstances. He can turn our roadblocks into open roads. Always trust the path on which God puts you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.”