Do you ever find yourself squeezing your eyes shut wondering if they might just pop out? Or clenching your hands so tight it leaves indentations on your palms? All the while – wishing, wishing, wishing – things were another way? When life is difficult, we need to know what is the best thing to do.
Life is challenging, unpredictable and quite honestly painful at times.
Knowing what we will do first when the pain feels like it will devour us whole, is imperative to persevering well through life’s trials. Will we pull up our bootstraps and get moving, turn to friends, seek wise counsel, or draw up the covers over our heads?
The best time to learn what to do is not when you find yourself in a hard place.
Do we even know what the first step should be? It is evident to many, but sometimes it is the last thing we do.
For many of us, the most painful circumstances will involve our children. We can become unglued trying to fight for justice, take away their pain, or somehow make life go back to what we had expected or planned. Maybe it has to do with relinquishing a dream you had for them, their care, sending one away to college or moving out of state. We all have our stories of letting go.
For me, I found myself desperately splashing about trying to protect my child from the storm of mental illness. The water rushed at me while I tried to keep her afloat and save myself too.
Like many other mom warriors when my child is hurting I jump in with both feet, searching, seeking, and planning for the best possible outcome. Willingness ignites inside me to do anything in the world to help this child of mine. After all, she did nothing to ask for this illness or nor does she deserve it.
Of course, this is noble to want and be willing to help.
However, when we fight to the point of exhaustion and become overwhelmed one must ask,
“Have we skipped an important step?”
“Are we clinging to control?”
“Whose strength am I acting on?”
“Have I put my trust in God?”
“Am I letting God be GOD?”
The Moses Basket
“Have I put my child in the Moses basket?”
Do you remember what a brave momma did many years ago? She sent her baby floating down the river in a Moses basket. Could you imagine doing the unthinkable and setting your baby in a basket to float down the river? What was Jochebed thinking?
Moses mother, Jochebed, carefully placed her child in a basket and had her daughter, Miriam watch him float down the Nile River in hopes of a better life. She released him. She let God be God and trusted him.
It took tremendous courage, strength, and wisdom to release her precious baby.
But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. Exodus 2:3
Read the entire story here.
I have a special friend I turn to frequently in times when I need prayer. She lights the cutest prayer candle and prays for me. But it is her words that propel me right to where I need to go. She ever so sweetly says,
“Maree put her in the Moses basket.”
As we learned in, “Is there More to Being Still?” – letting go is part of being still. Click here if you missed the post. We must give everything to GOD; we are not in control.
It is so easy to become consumed with searching for what is best that we forget to do what is best.
Put your worries, person, circumstances, whatever it is in the Moses basket and let God have it. Watch it go down the river. Have faith God is in control.
When you put your trust in God, you will find a peace that makes no sense.
When we trust God, unexpected opportunities may come our way. Remember Moses’ mother not only saved his life but also was able to care for him as a baby and teach him about God.
I don’t know where you are in your journey, but if you are in the middle of unexpected circumstances and are overwhelmed, I would love to pray for you. Please send me a note in the comments or via the contact page.
If you are anything like me, I tend to put things in the Moses basket and snatch it back just as fast. Don’t worry repeating this action over and over again is okay. With faith, God in control, and your willingness – I have no doubt you will persevere well.
Remember to live moment to moment not looking too far ahead and put your stuff in the Moses basket.
If you are not in the middle of trying circumstances – count your blessings and start practicing putting everything in God’s hands. He wants it all.
When we look at our circumstances, it may seem impossible, but with God, the unthinkable can happen. His strength, power, and love can do a lot more than we ever can accomplish on our own.
So when life is difficult, do the best thing and give it to GOD.
What do you need to place in the Moses basket right now?