Welcome! I’m so glad you’re joining us for this fourteen-week Bible study based on Girls’ Love Letters from God. If you have time, you may wish to keep a journal to record your responses to the questions. Please DO leave comments, responses or questions on this post so that we can learn from and encourage one another.
Miriam: The Trusting Girl
Read: Exodus 1:22-2:10
I’ve been on the Nile River. It’s huge. It’s very long. It’s very wide, and it’s very deep. And you’d have to be completely, utterly, hopelessly at the end of your own resources to ever, ever consider putting your baby in there, even if you did coat the basket with tar. But that’s what Moses’ mom did. It’s unbelievable.
This mom, after hiding her precious baby boy for three months, realizes that she cannot save him from the murderous Pharaoh, and chooses to put him in the river. Hear that again. She chooses to put him in the river.
It’s the ultimate lesson in letting go.
And it’s my story.
It’s not just my story because I wrote it. It’s my story because I lived it. There I was, one day, standing in an utterly desperate, utterly hopeless, utterly terrifying situation with my son.
For those awful, several years I lived in the land of what if? where all my moments and all my days were consumed with worry about all the dreadful things that might happen to him. I don’t know about you, but I’m an expert in imagining what might happen. I’m so good I could lead a class in it.
And one day, when I had come to the absolute end of my own resources, I simply had to let him go, and trust God instead. I had to place him in that basket, my precious son, with his long legs hanging over the edge, and let him go…
I wonder what Miriam thought might happen to her tiny, defenseless baby brother when her mom chose to let him go in that little basket, down in the huge River Nile?
I’m sure that any one of these awful scenarios ran through Miriam’s mind. She must surely have thought, what if….
A crocodile eats him.
He gets carried downstream by the current and is swept away.
Waves drown him.
The basket sinks.
Can’t you just see Miriam, peeping through the reeds, biting her nails, anxiously wondering which of these awful outcomes awaits her baby brother?
But Miriam is not alone at the river bank. God’s there too. And God’s what ifs are completely crazy, wild, and ridiculous. They’re just not credible at all. In fact, they’re unimaginable. How do you suppose Miriam and her mom would have responded if they’d heard God whisper what if….
A princess finds him.
And she wants to raise him as her own in the palace.
But she needs someone to nurse him.
So the baby’s mother gets the job.
And the baby’s mother GETS PAID to do that job.
Now that’s completely, and utterly crazy. And it’s so crazy that it could never happen.
Except that it did.
Not one of the things Miriam thought might happen actually happened. And it was exactly the same for me. God saved my son, just like God saved Moses.
But it’s all about letting go. Moses’ mom had to let go. Miriam had to let go. I had to let go too.
And isn’t it only when we let go of our fears that we can truly hold on to God?
Friends, I don’t know what you need to let go of. I don’t know what situation, what relationship, what fears you need to release, but whatever it is, we have a God who is able to do the unimaginable.
These words are for you. Put your own name in the space below and read your Love Letter from God:
Do you ever get scared of things that might happen, like Miriam did? I want you to think about something that scares you. Now hold out your hand, put that scary thought right in the middle, and close your fingers tight around it. Now, slowly open your hand and just let that scary thought go. Let it fly far, far away into the air. Imagine instead that my great big strong hand is holding on to your little one. Trust me. Let go of your fears and trust me.
Can you feel that big hand holding on to yours? I hope so.
Because it is.
Please share your response to one of these questions in the comments.
Questions for Reflection
- What is it that you need to let go of?
- Do you think it’s a risk, or a relief, to trust God? Why?
- What do you think would have happened to Moses if his mom hadn’t let go of him?
- What is God revealing to you through this story?
Listen to Glenys read the story of The Trusting Girl: