The Boldness of a Child
Have you ever asked for something that seemed impossible? Have you ever had the courage to talk to someone instead of just walking away? Have you ever done something brave?
Miriam did all these things. When she was still a child, she watched her mother put her little brother Moses into a basket and send him floating down the Nile River in Egypt. That probably seems like a weird thing to do, but their mother had a good reason.
You see, the people of Israel and the people of Egypt had once lived together in peace. But just before Moses was born, a new Pharoah became King of Egypt. And he was not a nice guy. He turned the people of Israel into slaves, forcing them to work hard for no pay and taking away their freedom.
And that included the freedom to have children.
So when Moses was born, he was in danger. Pharoah did not want him to live. So, his mother sent him down the river in a basket, trusting God to take care of her baby boy. And Miriam followed...
The baby's sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him. Soon Pharoah's daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her. When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him.
'This must be one of the Hebrew children,' she said.
Then the baby's sister approached the princess.
'Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?' she asked.
'Yes, do!' the princess replied.
So the girl went and called the baby's mother.
'Take this baby and nurse him for me,' the princess told the baby's mother. 'I will pay you for your help.'
So the woman took her baby home and nursed him. Exodus 2:4-9
Miriam must have had a lot of courage to go up to the princess of Egypt and talk to her. But she didn't hesitate. And God used her boldness not only to save her little brother's life but to save his people. As you might know, Moses grew up and led all the people of Israel out of Egypt. God used Moses to save his people from slavery.
But before that, God used Miriam to save Moses.
God gave Miriam her bold, courageous spirit. He did it so she could do what she needed to do. He had a job for her. And even though her brother would grow up before God gave him his job, God gave Miriam a job while she was still a child. And she did that job with the boldness and confidence of a child with great faith.
Read Proverbs 28:1
Read Acts 4:31
Read Hebrews 4:16
What do these verses have in common? How do they help us understand that God wants us to be bold?
Choose your favorite verse from the three above and create a verse image. Write the verse on a piece of paper. Then, draw or paint a picture to go with it!
Talk with your family or friends about what job(s) you think God might be calling you to do...not just when you grow up but right now, in your everyday life. And if you need a little extra courage to do it, ask him to help you be bold like Miriam!