It is in no doubt that Moses is one of the most prominent Hebrew leaders, and a significant figure in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Bahá’í, and other various faiths. Moses responded to God’s call to save the Israelites from captivity and eventually led them to the doorstep of the Promised Land.
Moses’ childhood does not just sound dramatic but also stagy. He is born at the time when the noose around Hebrews neck has been tightened. A painful grip of bondage had been stiffened. They had been tethered to a stick that proved hard to unhinge. It is good to take note that:
“Some of the best ideas are birthed during times of skintight grips.”
Sometimes we tend to be very intellectual, philosophical, active and productive at the time when things take a nose dive.
Moses’ mother instantly sees that the boy is fine and decides to hide him for three months.
“Most of the dreams we see actualized in public places have been worked on overtime in private places.”
Things do not just happen. Let us not forget that there is always groundwork for every tangible work we see.
When it becomes clear that she cannot hide the baby any longer, she prepares a safe basket and places him in it, and let the basket float on River Nile. This is what I would call risk taking. She is toying and chancing with the dream in anticipation of a better outcome. Putting out your dream into the open is risky. You cannot predict what it will turn into. It may be destroyed by your envy-driven enemies (Egyptians), or by unavoidable circumstances (the Nile Crocodiles). On the other hand, the dream can be fed by the same people who are trying to destroy it.
Are you feeding you dream or something that will destroy you?
This dream called Moses is to be destroyed in the River Nile following Pharaoh’s command. Methinks Pharaoh was wise. He predicted that Hebrews will overthrow him if they are allowed to live, and it happened. The Dream called Moses destroyed him at the Red Sea.
Initially Moses’ mother uses God-given wits to ensure her son lives.
In a nutshell, Moses ends up in the palace of Pharaoh, and finally he becomes a great Israelites leader.
It is important when a mother and a father realizes that the child they are raising might turn out to be the greatest religious leader the world has ever seen. That child could be the future scientist, writer, preacher, entrepreneur, president, and who knows, may be the next United Nations General Secretary.
“There is a dream in every child, and the best person to notice it first should be the parent.”
We have read and heard of accounts of many great people who showed talent and gifting as early as they were still children. It does not take long to look around and notice them. It could be your relative, neighbour, pastor, bishop, lecturer, political leader or even someone you have never met. Their childhood bear marks of greatness.
Let us take an example of Thomas Dexter Jakes, alias T.D. Jakes. I think it does not really matter whether you are an evangelical, Pentecostal, Baptist, Calvinist or Main Stream protestant (this denominational mindset has a way of vexing my spirit), the fact remain that T.D. Jakes is one of the niftiest religious leaders of our time. In 2001, Jakes was on the cover of Time Magazine with a cover line, ‘Is this man the next Billy Graham?’ T.D. Jakes later said that journalists cannot decide the next Billy Graham since they are not the ones who decided the first Billy Graham. There are funny things that have been written about him. I have read them, and found most of them either lacking in material facts or concoctions of petty envy laced with jealousy. People will always have a negative thing to say about you.
How was T.D. Jakes Childhood like?
T.D. Jakes, as a young boy, had his mind fixed on playing the piano. He learnt that he was not very good at it, and only enjoyed the announcement portion. He was known in his hometown of West Virginia as “the bad Bible boy’, for spending most of his time preaching to imaginary congregations while carrying a bible. At one time he was told that he could not become a preacher because he had ‘bad’ lisp. At ten years old, Jakes’ father developed kidney disease, and was forced to spend subsequent years assisting in caring for him.
His mother became ill two months before his high school graduation. This forced him to drop out of school to take care of her. As this was not enough, Jakes also dropped out of West Virginia State University after first year so as to take up a job. He was labelled as highly opinionated and stubborn. Which could be true. Years later he went on to complete his studies and earned a master’s and doctorate degree through correspondence.
It is reported that Jakes shuddered with tenseness and angst the first time he climbed on the pulpit. Speaking in front of crowds was challenging for him because of his ‘lisp’ speech. He would go on to become a great preacher, an actor, a producer, a writer and an accomplished entrepreneur.
“When a person flows into God’s purpose and timing for his or her life, God can take a person with less ability and use him/her to extreme capacity, just because they are willing to be available.” T.D. Jakes
Take another example of Helen Adams Keller. Her story is emotive. Despite of this she has remained an inspiration to many who still espouse her thinking and philosophy of life. What really captures our attention is her troubled childhood, and the unyielding spirit of her mother. The courageous mother who never gives up on her. Keller’s mother could see past her daughter’s physical conditions. She had spiritual eyes.
There is a point in life when Keller becomes very rough and uncontrollable. She would kick and yell when irritated, and laugh hysterically when happy. On top of this she tormented her caretakers and wreaked intense outbursts on her parents. It is at this time many family relatives felt she should be institutionalized.
In short, Keller would grow up to become an enduring flower in the garden of mankind history; an oasis of inspiration in the dry places of discouragement and hopelessness.
There are many quotes attributed to Keller, but I have chosen to share this one with you, “I will not just live my life. I will not just spend my life. I will invest my life.”
Children need to be introduced to God as early as they can understand ABCD. Proper and structured grounding in the Word of God will help them pursue their destinies relentlessly.