I want you to think about a vivid episode from your childhood. Could be happy or sad, good or bad, just so that it’s a vivid memory. Might even be a story about you that’s been told and retold. And, the very first thing that came to mind, that’s the one I want you to think about.
Now, with that memory, or story in mind, I want you to attach a feeling. What was your emotion in that memory, or story? And how might that have affected your life since then?
Our stories shape us.
What we experience, and how we interpret what we experience, shapes how we see the world, see ourselves, and what we’re going to do try to survive and even thrive.
Miriam’s story certainly shaped her.
In today’s talk, you will see the irony, as Pharaoh had begun a battle of wills with God Himself.
Pharaoh said throw the baby boys into the Nile.
God said so be it.
From the Nile your own daughter will bring into your home, and feed at your table, and raise at your knee, the Hebrew redeemer of the people you oppress.
Pharaoh said make the people work.
So be it, God said.
You shall pay wages to the mother of this baby, and ultimately, this people will plunder Egypt of its treasures.
[Israel in Egypt | Edward Poynter, Public Domain]