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Remaining Open

There were at this time a Hebrew fellow and girl of the tribe of Levi who married and had a family, and a baby son was born to them. When the baby's mother saw that he was an unusual beautiful baby, she hid him at home for three months. Then, when she could no longer hide him, she made a little boat from papyrus reeds, waterproofed it with tar, put the baby in it, and laid it among the reeds along the river's edge. The baby's sister watched from a distance to see what would happen to him.

Well, this is what happened: A princess, one of Pharaoh's daughters, came down to bathe in the river, and as she and her maids were walking along the river bank, she spied the little boat among the reeds and sent one of the maids to bring it to her. When she opened it, there was a baby! And he was crying. This touched her heart. "He must be one of the Hebrew children!" she said.

Then the baby's sister approached the princess and asked her, "Shall I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you.

"Yes, do!" the princess replied. So the little girl rushed home and called her mother!

"Take this child home and nurse him for me," the princess instructed the baby's mother, "and I will pay you well!" So she took him home and nursed him.

Later, when he was older, she brought him back to the princess and he became her son. She named him Moses (meaning "to draw out") because she had drawn him out of the water. Exodus 2:1-10 (TLB)

Christopher L. Scott lives in Washington. Every Wednesday at their men's Bible study, his friend Gene used to greet Christopher saying, "Hey, Pastor!" But Christopher wasn't a pastor, and he regularly reminded Gene that he didn't want to be one.

However, a couple of years later Christopher found himself enrolled in a seminary, where they trained students for full-time ministry. Christopher told himself he was there to prepare for lay service in the church. He really wanted to return to the career he had before he entered seminary.

During his last semester of seminary he applied for 30 jobs, but received no offers. Then one night - the same day he had turned in his thesis for graduation - he received a phone call from a pastor. He had received Christopher's resume from someone Christopher had never met, and he wanted to hire Christopher as an associate pastor at his church. Christopher has worked there for four years now.

We often don't know God's plans for our lives. Just like Moses' mother and sister watching him in that basket, we don't know where God might take us or what God has planned for us to do. But when we remain open, we allow God to shape our lives in surprising ways.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the plans you make for our lives. Keep our eyes , our ears, and our hearts open to hear and respond to your call, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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