Exodus 2:3 says, “But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”
During those three long months, the mother of Moses had one obsession. “What can I do to save my child? How can I keep him safe? What’s the next step to protect my son?” Then an idea flashed across her mind, and she flew into action. Here we see scrappiness, ingenuity, perseverance, and hard work. She gathered papyrus reeds from the Nile and artistically wove a basket, waterproofing it with tar and pitch. She had the creative vision and courage to build a floating crib. At the last possible moment, she snuck down to the Nile and put her three-month-old in the ark among the reeds.
Seeing Jochabed in action, we learn that parents create. I think about my mom. She was the creative visionary for our family. With four kids to clothe and feed on a limited budget, she became a yard sale ninja. Each Friday she scoured the local newspapers to find the best sales in the wealthiest neighborhoods. Then she got out her map and created her route. So, as a kid, I had every Star Wars action figure, the Millennium Falcon, an X-Wing Fighter, Niki tennis shoes, Levi jeans, and Polo shirts, and no one ever knew.
After graduating from college, I had the chance to work with my dad as a worship pastor. As a part of my duties, I had to oversee musical productions. We did it big with camels, donkeys, sheep, living Christmas trees, empty tombs, moving lights, and mammoth crucifixion scenes. My gifted mom measured and handcrafted each costume year after year. We had Hollywood class angel wings, royal crowns, resurrection robes, and Roman soldier uniforms. For every performance, she was in the back pinning, sewing, and perfecting her labors of love up to the last minute.
Today motherhood is under attack. Radical feminist Amy Glass once wrote a blog entitled, “I Look Down on Young Women with Husbands and Kids and I’m Not Sorry.” She had the gall to declare that raising kids is an easy job for women who have no drive. It must be nice to sit in your housecoat with your hot chocolate and type this kind of trash on your new MacBook Pro with no mess around.
In Proverbs 31 we find a description of the virtuous woman. She’s a creator in and outside the home. She loves and sacrifices for her family. She gets up while in the night to provide food. She buys a field and makes linen garments to sell. Others come to her for advice and instruction. Proverbs 31:27-30 goes on, “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”