This Moses basket is one of my favorite things we’ve gotten Bonnie so far. My mom found the basket at a thrift store for $12 long before Andrew and I were pregnant. She bought it excitedly, and still believes it was her sign from God that we would have a child
I love the symbolism of our little Moses basket. Moses’ mother and sister placed him in a waterproof basket, and put him in the Nile river, believing in faith that God would preserve Moses’ life somehow. And God did. Not only did God spare Moses’ life, but he also used Moses to deliver an entire nation.
God used Moses, a murderer and a Hebrew, to deliver God’s chosen people from the hand of Pharaoh. That is so powerful. Moses was imperfect in many ways. Yes, he was a murderer, and he is also believed to have had a stutter when he spoke. In spite of his shortcomings, God used him to begin delivering an entire nation from slavery. Moses interceded with Pharaoh on behalf of the Hebrew people. He begged Pharaoh to let his people go, and warned Pharaoh of God’s wrath if Pharaoh did not obey. He did all that with a stutter!
God always blows our plans and hopes out of the water. Moses’ mother had to have been devastated when she had to put him in that basket and part with him. She must have been in absolute fear for his life and safety. Her greatest hope was simply that he would survive. But God did so much more than just preserve Moses’ life.
When my mom bought this basket for Bonnie, her greatest, most immediate hope was that Andrew and I would have a child… That his or her life would one day be a reality for our family. She wished for the conception and survival of a child. She did not wish for any details beyond that, in the same that
Moses’ mother wished only for his survival, and nothing more.
And just as God used Moses’ life, I already believe that God will draw Bonnie to Him, and that He will work in her and use her.
So each time I look at this basket, I am reminded of my mom’s faith… the faith that allowed her to buy this, knowing that God would one day give us a child. I am reminded of the goodness and deity of God… of the way he always exceeds our expectations. He always does more than we could ever ask or imagine.