Pushing Moses Out in the Basket
by Dr. Lainna Callentine
Parenting is not for the faint at heart. Prior to becoming a mom, I was full of all kinds of bright ideas and worldly suggestions for struggling parents. Early in my pediatric residency training, I recall looking at a sleep deprived mother with her six-month-old child, urging her to just let the baby “cry it out.” Just let go, I would say. As well as being slightly callous as a mother expressed to me her trepidation when she walked her child through the doors on his first day of kindergarten. I could not appreciate the depths of difficulty in those words “just let go” until I became a parent. As I hand the keys of the car to my teenage son, I fight every fiber in my body not to say “Don’t go.”
In the beginning of Exodus 2, Moses’ mother, Jochebed, demonstrated amazing courage and faith when she let her baby go. She took a papyrus basket, coated it with tar and pitch, then placed Moses into this basket before pushing him onto the Nile River. In order for Moses to grow, she had to let him go. God has blessed us with these precious lives for a season. He entrusts us to raise and guide them in His ways. We raise our children, teaching them to submit to our authority. This is done in order that we let them go so that they will submit to God’s authority. We need to remind ourselves of these truths:
He has given us children for this season. Now let’s step out of the way. Let go and let God, for He will never let go.
Dr. Lainna Callentine is an author, speaker, pediatrician, homeschool mother and has taught all levels from doctors, post graduate, medical students, college and high school to elementary. She holds a master’s degree in education and completed her M.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She volunteers time as a missionary doctor in the Chicago area which serves the uninsured. She is the author of a series called God’s Wondrous Machine with Master Books. Check out Dr. Callentine at www.sciexperience.com