An old story…A timeless truth

By October 13, 2012Encouragement, God

I read a new detail and was reminded of an old principle…from an old story.

Maybe you’ve heard this one:

Pharaoh then commanded all his people: “You must throw every son born to the Hebrews into the Nile, but let every daughter live.” (Exodus 1:22 HCSB)

But, you know what happened:

Now a man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son; when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with asphalt and pitch. She placed the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. Then his sister stood at a distance in order to see what would happen to him. Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe at the Nile while her servant girls walked along the riverbank. Seeing the basket among the reeds, she sent her slave girl to get it. When she opened it, she saw the child-a little boy, crying. She felt sorry for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrew boys.” (Exodus 2:1-6 HCSB)

It’s an old story. You know it.

But, do you see the part in bold? (I added the bold, of course.)

Moses was crying. Somehow, I’ve always missed that. It wasn’t the childhood Sunday school picture I had in my memory, where a sweet little baby is cooing in a basket floating behind some grass along a quiet river.

It was a crying baby. Moses was upset. Probably hungry. Needing a diaper change perhaps. It’s what got Pharaoh’s daughter’s attention.

But it was a good reminder of an old principle.

God uses tears to bring forth joy.

This story of Moses ends well…he was protected…well fed…diaper clean…you remember the good part of the story, right? That’s the part I always chose to remember…but it started as a story with tears.

“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Are you in a moment of tears?

Leave a comment and we will pray for you.

God is working…even now…towards an ultimate joy.

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    relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you
    could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  • Michelle Z says:

    Continued from previous –
    I would also ask for prayers for my 8-year-old grandson, CJ, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at 3-years-old. He is going to have surgery for a lump on his back that was just recently found and he is having an issue with his kidneys (because of all the chemo he had).

    And lastly I ask for prayers for me. I was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm last year that is being monitored. When it gets to be a certain size, I will have heart surgery. And as you can imagine, I have been struggling with anxiety/depression because of everything going on in my world. My faith seems to have been quite shaken throughout all this instead of being strengthened.

    Thank you again for all you do…and for listening.


    • ronedmondson says:

      Wow, you have so much going on right now. So very sorry for your pain. Praying.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

      • Michelle Z says:

        Thank you for your prayers! Do you have any insight / wisdom that you can provide for me to strengthen my faith and alleviate the anxiety?

        • ronedmondson says:

          I think you need people. We are to cast our burdens on one another. You need counseling and others who love you and you can share your heart with, don't be afraid to ask for it.
          Twitter: Ronedmondson

  • Michelle Z says:

    Hi Ron – Thank you so much for being faithful to your daily blog. I don't even remember how I ran across it, but both my husband and I enjoy being uplifted by your thoughtful writings.

    Please pray for my son, Wesley, who is a heroin addict. He has been in and out of rehab, has had open heart surgery (because of the drug use), and been in jail for 10 months. Currently, he just got out of rehab and is living in a 3/4 house. I hope and pray that he is now on the right track. Also, pray for his six-year-old son, Quinn, as this has been very difficult for him.

    • ronedmondson says:

      I'm so sorry. What a burden for you as parents. Praying now that God removes this burden soon.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  • alszambrano says:

    We are in an extended moment of tears in our house. I believe I've shared this here before. Seven months ago our only child was born 4 months premature, and passed away a week later. It is a daily challenge to see how God can bring any joy out of the death of an infant, yet we believe that somehow He will.

    We are also not the only ones mourning this. Today (October 15th) is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Statistically, 1 in 4 women will loose a child to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Please pray for the many women of your acquaintance who have lost children. Thank you.

  • Bryan Ruffin says:

    I was told, recently, that God will sometimes,purposly, allow us to go through times of heartache, loneliness, feelings of abanonment. Not for amusement, not so we would know pain, but because one of the theings He is trying to do IN us is make us more like Jesus. He knew what it meant to trust God to the Nth degree! He knew what Joy really was and how to use that joy to help others! He didn’t read a book about it, didn’t “google it”; He lived a life that was dependant on God. He wanted to show us that life. Because of the Mount of Olives, He knew what abandonment meant. Because of Golgotha, He knew what it meant to give everything for someone who would disregard all the effort. He knew intense pain, to have His heart broken, falsly accused….the list goes on! He takes our pain, tears, our lives seriously! He takes all of it to heart and takes none of it for granted! His love for us is intense. Our tears may be from pain, but they can be for something wonderful!
    Twitter: bryankr

  • Pastor Ron! I am sharing this post with all my team members in my function. Great perspective. Thanks for the reminder this weekend.

  • Kandace says:

    Also, I am learning that my tears are not merely a moment but will last a lifetime. This is not bad. As long as there is the ability to have loss, there will be tears. Joy and tears in this age go hand in hand BUT there is a new morning coming will there will be NO MORE TEARS. Until then, I embrace both.

  • Carolyn says:

    Thanks for posting. Yes, I am in a moment of tears. I have been "sad" all of my life. I remember as a child I felt this way. Now it is depression. I don't know why but it is destroying my life. I am in desperate need of prayer.

  • Kandace says:

    I was reading this story again last week and I too stopped and meditated on this very truth…about Moses crying. Interesting….I must press in and see if there is more God wanted to speak to me about. But this post could be the more. Thank you!

  • Pat says:

    Great Post! Yes I am in a moment of tears. The story is really too long to tell. I do appreciate your prayer!

  • Darren Poke says:

    Nice one Ron, That's a beautiful reminder.

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