“Code Adam.” The voice rang out over the department store’s PA system. I stood at the customer service desk for a moment thoughts racing, but realizing I wasn’t searching alone. I had help. As others were alerted I felt we would find my preschool-age son. I’d already visited the toy aisles and glanced down several other store aisles on my way to notify store employees.
Fortunately, a moment later, an employee called the service desk.
He was safe. They led me to the garden center of the store, where I found my little one sitting peaceful and content in a patio swing.
The memory of not knowing where he was for a few minutes makes me recall the concern and the immediate tense feeling in my gut. The fact that we were separated and I couldn’t protect him during those brief moments was hard to take.
I can only imagine what it was like for Jochebed to make the decision to be separated from her infant son, Moses. I am sure that knowing their separation was his best chance at life brought her some comfort. But, she had to actually go against her maternal instincts of nurturing and protecting through her own warm embrace, to release him out into the elements and allow him to be carried by the current, without knowing what would happen. Her action showed a tremendous amount of love and courage.
There are many mothers today who make a similar selfless decision when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Knowing that she is emotionally and/or financially unable to care for a child, the mother makes a decision to offer her newborn baby, which she has carried for nine months, to a loving family who has been praying for a child. It is truly making the best of a tough circumstance. Still this mother has the opportunity to meet the adoptive parents before committing to them. Jochebed did not have that chance. She could only trust God to care for Moses.
It is so tempting as a parent to try to control all the events and issues that our children face. It’s as if we want to keep them in an outer womb or cocoon. We don’t want them to face any problems or difficult times, yet it is only exposure to the elements that challenges them to rise up and become strong healthy individuals ready to take on life as an adult.
So in our raising it is important to remember that children must learn that there are consequences to the choices that they make. As parents we must strike a balance between protecting them from unnecessary evil and allowing them to experience consequences. But don’t worry, God says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life…” So trust God. He’s a good, good Father.
God has given us Jesus and sent us out knowing that we have what it takes to make it in this world.
Jesus prayed for us to the Father, “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.” -John 17:15
Jesus is our example. Let’s pray for our children and make sure we give them Jesus. Then it won’t be so hard to release them when the time comes.
We will learn more from Jochebed, this week as each of our writers share a post on our lady of the week. We hope you will join us each morning and make Breath on Paper a part of your daily devotion.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.