I don’t watch TV news very often – I tend to keep abreast of what is happening via snippets on the web – a glance at items of importance, just so as I know what is going on, and read a bit more of those that catch my attention. I really hate the 24hour news programmes that keep going round and round the same information, scratting for yet another insight into the same bit of news. There isn’t a lot of good news around, and you can get so depressed if you are pulled in to focusing on all the horror and misery that abounds on planet Earth. Still, amongst it all, there will be items that catch my attention, that I feel a real compunction to pray for and into; people I don’t know and will probably never meet, whose situations I feel the most overwhelming compassion for.
I think it must have been like that for the Egyptian princess, as she went down to the Nile to bathe. (Exodus 2:1-10). My guess is that most of the baby boys ended up there. What else could the mothers do? And which of them did not think their child was ‘fine’? Maybe most of them were taken to be reared as slaves in Egyptian homes, maybe an odd one was adopted by childless Egyptians. In reading these verses, there doesn’t seem to be any element of surprise – my guess is she knew what would be in that basket when she sent the slave girl to fetch it. Maybe the princess herself was childless, and on the lookout for such a baby.
But still, there was that sense of overwhelming compassion. In the midst of the multitudes of slaves, struggling for existence, exploited, beaten and overworked, having to cast their precious baby sons into the deep unknown, there was this one that caught her attention; the one on whom she had compassion; the one she chose to rescue.
What was different about Moses? Don’t all babies cry? The difference is that this was the one God had set his heart on, the one in whom he saw the potential as a righteous national leader. The one, I believe, that God had planned for the princess to find.
So when we watch the news, maybe we should be on the look-out for the ones that God puts on our hearts, to stop what we are doing and respond as he directs us. We can’t take on board all the sorrows and problems of the world, but we can care for the ones that he shows us. We can’t begin to make an impact on the horrors of our world today, but we can make a difference for the one. And who knows what impact that one may have. Keep alert, and keep praying.