Jochebed: A Mom That Took a Chance

Jochebed: A Mom That Took a Chance

Josie Valley


Youth. We only get them for a short time.

That time for them can mean life or death. For us? The most precious and invaluable time that we will ever get to spend. Sometimes we grow with them from middle school through high school.  Other times we are only blessed to get them one year out of eight.  Truth is, no matter how long they are with us, how they leave us is what matters the most.  It is kind of like parenting…

Thinking on Mother’s Day made me recall one particular mother in Scripture.  She wouldn’t really stand out to some as overly phenomenal, but to her son she was a true life saver. 

If you heard her name, you probably would still not be able to recall her story. She gives up a life with her son in order to give him the best life he can have.  Sounds strange really.  A mom, fully capable, giving up her son so that he can live a full healthy life. This momma took a chance. This chance meant life or death for her son and meant her time with him would be so very brief and yet so very detrimental.

Pharaoh ordered that every Hebrew boy born during this time was to be thrown into the Nile river.  This momma could not bring herself to do this to her beautiful son.  Instead, she hid him for three months.  Finally, when she was no longer able to hide him well, she made a papyrus basket coated with tar and pitch and placed him in it in the reeds along the bank of the Nile.  Pharaoh’s daughter found baby Moses and felt sorry for him.  She then called for his mother and paid her to nurse him until he was weaned.  After having that precious time with her own son, she was to give him back to Pharaoh’s daughter where he would remain until God moved Him.

Moses’s mom’s name was Jochebed.

Moses’s mom is rarely recognized by name, but if it weren't for her efforts the entire course of Biblical history would have played out differently.

She loved him the best she could with the time she was blessed to have him.  She set him up for the best life he could have during that time and left him in God’s hands to fulfill God’s plans, and that he did. Ultimately, she made the most of her time with him by investing in the things that would be best for him long term. This mom did not know what God’s plan was, but she trusted that He had one.

It is kind of like the youth we work with. We get these teens in their baby form.  Many do not have any previous knowledge of God and His goodness.  They do not know how to love or be loved well.  They are babies spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Many of the teens we meet do not have anyone that cares for them enough to offer them safety, health, and the love of Christ. But they have us, modern day Jochebeds.

We don’t know how long we get to invest in their lives to love them and set them up for Kingdom success.  We only know that the time we get MUST be spent well and used for nurturing, comforting, teaching, and leading them to the One who is safe, healthy, able, and willing to love them all of their days.  

As we interact with the youth we encounter around Mother’s Day and the weeks to follow, let’s remember to be Jochebed’s, caring parents with a short amount of time to love deeply, and invest authentically. Recall how fleeing time is and remember that the investment made now can have an impact lasting a lifetime to follow.  Like the Moses’s mother, have faith in God’s plan for that students life, even if the plan seems incredibly unclear.  Our purpose is a special one in the lives of these teens.  May our time with them be the moment in their story that they remember feeling loved and meeting Jesus.

‘By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.’ Hebrews 11:23

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