Because we are basket cases, we can be like a baby, blissfully unaware of a lot of things, until something suddenly goes Bump! Something big and terrible makes our basket jump. We wake up and frantically look up. And what do we see? One of those infamous Nile crocodiles! You know, I never thought about there being crocodiles in that river with baby Moses. But I shouldn't be surprised. There are plenty in the river of life. Now before we all panic, there's something we need to know: there is Someone on the bank of the river, and that Someone is standing there, watching us and waiting for the opportunity to dive in and pull us out of d' Nile, so that we can live a new life. There's rebirth waiting for us on the far bank of the river.
Jocheved didn't just stand there. She made a basket of hope and gave Moses to God. If she hadn't let go of that basket, there would be no Moses, no exodus from Egypt, no Mount Sinai, no people of the Covenant, no Promised Land. There would be no King David, no Jesus Christ, no Christian Church, no kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. You see, God has big plans. The prophet Jeremiah tells us: "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." [Jer 29:11] So I don't care how old you are. If God were finished with you, you wouldn't be here. There's still life you need to live, still growing you need to do. So what we all need to do is make ourselves a basket, plaster it with hope, climb inside and push out into the river of life.
Sometimes it takes an outsider to help us see the obvious: that we are in way over our heads. While none of us is Moses, we have all been in situations where we are way overextended, stretched to the limit and beyond the limit. Often we’ve been in that position long enough to forget that we ever had a limit. This can happen at work, in our job of parenting, or in the task of caregiving. It can happen as we struggle with divorce or job loss or chronic illness. In fact, for many of us, this is just daily living. The thing is that the more overwhelmed we get, the more isolated we become. Even when we are surrounded by people, we can feel very much alone. But often we don’t admit it until someone else notices it. Jethro noticed it and called Moses on it. “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone…?”