One of my favorite single ladies is Moses’ sister Miriam. I think I like her so much because she has a reputation for being a brave, smart woman who can think fast on her feet. She’s a woman whose not afraid to get involved in a situation and isn’t content to just watch things unfold from the sidelines.
Miriam’s story occurs in Exodus 2. Her story begins just a few verses after the account of the midwives who we talked about last week ( if you haven’t read that post go back and read it now, this will make a whole lot more sense after you do!). One of the baby boys who was spared by the midwives was Miriam’s brother Moses.
I think I can pretty confidently say that Miriam got her intelligence and cleverness from her mother Jochebed. After Moses was born, Jochebed knew that he still might be in danger of becoming a victim of Pharaoh’s murderous plot. She hid Moses in the house for as long as she could. After 3 months she was unable to keep him hidden, so she devised a plan. She decided to construct a basket-boat and set Moses afloat in the Nile River.
Once the basket was in the river, Miriam went to the banks of the river to watch the basket-boat and see what happened to her baby brother. What she saw shocked her. God directed the small basket-boat over to an area of the river where Pharaoh’s daughter and her attendants were bathing. Pharoah’s daughter saw the little basket and opened it to see what was inside. It was then that she saw Moses. Pharaoh’s daughter knew the baby was a Hebrew, but she immediately had compassion on the baby.
This is where Miriam really springs into action. She immediately realized this was the perfect opportunity to save her brother. She approaches the Pharaoh’s daughter with a proposition.
I am so impressed with her bravery. I’ve been fairly shy my whole life and can have a tough time just walking up to people I don’t know and starting a conversation. I literally can’t imagine just walking up to a woman as powerful as Pharaoh’s daughter and just starting to chat!
Miriam thinks quickly and asks Pharaoh’s daughter if she would like a Hebrew mother to nurse the baby for her. Pharaoh’s daughter thinks that sounds like a great plan, and sends Miriam off to find a Hebrew woman to nurse baby Moses. Of course, Miriam know just who to get, her mother!
Miriam brings her mother Jochebed, back to the palace to apply for the job of nurse for baby Moses. Guess what, she gets the job! Pharaoh's daughter tells Jochebed that she will pay her to nurse the baby. Due to Miriam’s quick thinking, Moses’ mother was not only able to spare her son from Pharaoh’s death decree, but also able to get paid to take care of her own son!
When Moses grew a little bit older he was officially adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter. His place in Pharaoh’s family made him instrumental in leading the Israelites out of Egypt.
This rescue from the river is not the end of Miriam’s story. Exodus 15:20 describes Miriam as a prophetess who was a leader among the women of Israel. Miriam did all this while single! Without her bravery and quick thinking, the fate of the entire nation of Israel might have been different. Do not believe the lie that God cannot use you in your current position! All the stories of single women have shown me that God is looking for faithful women who He can use. He does not care how old you are, how much money you make, if you are married, single, divorced, widowed, a mother or childless. God just needs our hearts to be willing and faithful.