Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Little Bundle of Joy

Genesis 2:1-4
Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 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. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

If you aren't familiar with this Bible passage the reason that the Levite woman had to hide her baby was due to the fact that the king of Egypt had commanded that all Hebrew boys were to be put to death while the Hebrew girls were allowed to live. This order came about because the Hebrew nation was growing "too large" in Egypt.

God's grace abounded in this little bundle of joy. He is Moses and he grows into the future leader of the Hebrew nation. God's grace is abudant in all of our lives.

The difference is some of us see it and some of us don't. If we don't happen to see God's grace in our circumstances it doesn't mean that it isn't present we just seem to be blind to it. His grace exists for all of us but it is a gift. We either accept it or reject it.

I don't know about you but there aren't many people today who haven't experienced some rough times in their lives. Some people live very bleak and dire lives all over the world. I would think that being told that your baby would die if it was a boy would be a devastatingly, heartbreaking time for both parents.

A terrible family life such as being moved from foster home to foster home, being adopted but rejected by your adoptive family, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, all forms of abuse, persecution, poverty, etc. are as prevalent today as they were in history and in Bible times.

What prompted the Levite couple to hide their little boy? Their love and their hope in God's grace and promise of a better life.

God had a plan for this baby, just as He has a plan for each and every one of us. He has a purpose for our lives. Just as He had a purpose for the baby, Moses. He does expect us to give to others. Whether we have a lot or just a little, we are to give because this is what grace is all about. Giving without the expectation of something in return. Just give.

What can I give? The most life changing giving that you can do will come from within. It will change not only your life but the lives of others. Showing compassion, sympathy, understanding, caring, listening. Food, clothing, physical labour, and money are important gifts too.

When we offer gifts is our heart in it? Is our life being changed? Are we living God's grace and helping to change someone's life for the better?

The poet Christiana Rosetti sums it up beautifully in this poem.

"What can I give him,

Poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd,

I'd give Him a lamb;

If I were a wise man,

I'd do my part;

Yet what can I give him

Give my heart."