Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. (Ex. 2:3)

As we highlight Moses’ life, we often miss his mother’s incredible courage. Her actions in this passage demonstrate the importance of civil disobedience and remind us there’s sometimes a difference between what’s legal and what’s right. But what sets her apart is her ability to look at the thing she most loved in the world, and give it up.

There comes a time in each person’s life when we must let go of what is most precious to us. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, or a child, no one gets through life without having to put some basket on the edge of the water. Once we’re at the shoreline, among the greatest challenges we face is the uncertainty of the outcome. None of us know where God will direct what we put into the tide. It may die, it may find new life, or it may be raised to maturity by someone else. The only thing we can be sure of is that if we keep it, it will die.

Whatever you’re holding—a promotion you’ve worked for, a reputation you’ve built at the expense of a crumbling inner life, a child you’ve raised and must now send into independence—how might you harmonize with God’s invitation to let the tide take it?

Identify what God is calling you to set aside.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.