“The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.”Exodus 2:4 NLT
I’m the oldest of four girls. That said, the role of big sis comes with many responsibilities. I remember being five years old, just the oldest of three then, and my dad telling me that I was the oldest, which meant I had to be the example for my sisters and look out for them. He told me that repeatedly for years to come. Obviously I had no choice in being firstborn, however, I took my assignment seriously. Lol! I’m quite certain my sisters would suggest that many times I took it too seriously.
I love my sisters- more than they’ll ever know, and to this day, I take my role of looking out for them seriously. Although much has changed in my 30+ years “Big Sis” career. They’re each beautiful accomplished women, very capable of taking care of themselves. But if any of them ever needed me for anything, I’d be there without hesitation. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them.
However, growing up in this position wasn’t easy. Not by a long shot. It came with high demands and majority of the time it didn’t exactly make me the “favorite” sister. I had to be careful of the choices I made. I’m a bit of a perfectionist- well, selective, anyway. Lol! But add that into the equation and you get a type-A goody-two-shoes who’s afraid to mess up since there are three younger eyes watching you who you’ve been told are looking up to you. Looking back I can easily see why I didn’t rank super high on their “Sister of the Year” meter. I can testify that I didn’t always get it right; it’s not like I had a manual to go by. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t have changed it. Because I truly see it as an honor that God chose me to be their big sister.
I’m amazed at the women they’ve become. Each are so very talented and gifted in their own unique way and I celebrate their accomplishments. I realize that may not be the case for all siblings, but I would think such was the case for Miriam with her baby brothers.
I imagine the responsibility she felt as she was assigned to watch out for Moses, floating along the Nile. I see her readiness to jump in and rescue him at the slightest sign of danger, without hesitation; prepared to protect him at whatever cost. Even when comes the moment she knows she can’t protect him forever. However, I just love what she does in that moment; something she thought up on her own, as the one who was charged with looking out for her baby brother. She suggests to the princess to have “one of the Hebrew women” be his nursemaid.
In her efforts to still fulfill her duty, to look out for her brother, she was the reason he made his way back into his mother’s arms. She was the reason he was able to have precious few years to be influenced by the God of his ancestors, which would play a huge role in his destiny. It’s interesting to think about how much her role as the eldest sibling impacted the destiny of both her brothers. I’ll bet she never realized it either.
I don’t know that I can say there was anything I did that significantly impacted any of my sisters to play a part in who they are now, but I believe my role was somehow necessary and important to their lives. Just as their role as my younger sisters was important to mine. They were what made me strive to be the best I could be. Not for my sake but theirs, knowing they were watching me. They were the object of my first purpose.
Miriam’s role didn’t change as they became adults. Scripture is proof of that. And even though she didn’t get it right every time, it didn’t change her purpose or the impact on history. God still used her in mighty ways. Just as he’s using me still, and you. We’re all charged with looking out for someone; because we’re all brothers and sisters in Christ, who’s blood bonds us all.
Heather Whidden loves Jesus, is married to her best friend and is mother of 3 blessings. She is a professional photographer and has a heart for ministry. She loves spending time with her family and friends, writing, reading, and traveling. Time and people is what she values most. You can read more about her here.
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