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.
It’s Christmastime and the phrase spoken in stores all over America is “I need that.” Everyone has needs. Even Pharaoh’s daughter, someone who had all she ever wanted, still had a need. As soon as she saw Baby Moses in the Nile, she thought to herself, “I need that.”
Pharaoh’s daughter found Baby Moses riding in a basket in the reeds along the Nile. She knew the boy was one of the Hebrew babies. She knew she was saving his life by pulling him from the water. Because of her authority as the daughter of Pharaoh, she could have whatever she wanted. She wanted to keep the baby and raise it as her own. Moses was adopted by a woman who picked him out as someone she could save.
If you could have whatever you wanted, whom would you save?
My sister raised her daughter and enjoyed her daughter’s wedding. Now that her house is empty, she rescued an abandoned dog. She received the dog from someone who was looking for a good home for the dog. Not just any new owner would do. You see, the dog is deaf.
Pharaoh’s daughter had to adjust to her new circumstances when she adopted Baby Moses. My sister and her dog had to adjust to each other and give each other time and patience. When you accept someone new into your life, love makes the road less rocky. The give and take of getting used to new circumstances requires mercy and forgiveness. Moses grew up with a mother who loved him and protected him. She could’ve let him float down the Nile and die, but she wanted him.
If you saw someone who needed to be rescued, would you have anything to give?
You don’t have to adopt children to save someone, but it’s a good option. You don’t have to rescue a dog to show love, but that might be a good decision for you. It doesn’t take money and prestige to deliver slightly used blankets to a homeless shelter. If you found out about a family who was having trouble making ends meet, could you give a hot meal or a gift card to them?
This is a good time to inventory the many blessings we have and see if there are things we could give away among them. This is a good time to help someone else have a very merry Christmas.