Parenting often feels like a constant negotiation between protection and empowerment. Jochebed, in the face of Pharaoh’s murderous decree, embodies this tension. With unwavering faith, she entrusted her infant son Moses to the Nile’s waters, not simply placing him adrift, but carefully positioning him “among the reeds along the bank” (Exodus 2:3). This seemingly small detail speaks volumes about her courage and resourcefulness. She surrendered her child to God’s care, yet also took a practical step to increase his chances of survival.

Jochebed’s act invites us to consider the divine choreography at work in our own parenting journeys. In an age overflowing with anxieties, the urge to shield our children from the world’s harsh realities is understandable. Yet, Scripture reminds us that true security lies not in our frantic efforts, but in the unwavering sovereignty of our Heavenly Father. While we are called to be vigilant guardians, we must also recognize that overprotection can hinder the development of a resilient faith.

Our ultimate goal is to raise children who are prepared to face the world with Christ as their guide. Protection is guidance, not isolation. This requires prayerful attentiveness to the Holy Spirit’s leading and the discernment to know when to hold fast and when to let go. It demands that we confront our own fears and trust in the One who holds our children’s futures in His loving hands.

Just as Jochebed protected Moses but didn’t isolate him, we sometimes expose our kids to too much, too fast, too soon. This can be with technology, social media, or even ideologies. Our role, like hers, is to provide guidance and protection while allowing them to navigate the world and develop their own faith.

The choreography of trust isn’t confined to parenting. It applies to all areas of life. Whenever you feel the urge to control a situation with white knuckles, take a deep breath and surrender to God’s perfect timing. Release your anxieties and trust in His plan, for He promises: “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Let’s approach this high calling with humble dependence, seeking the Holy Spirit’s wisdom to guide our steps. May we have the courage to relinquish control and entrust not just our children, but every aspect of our lives, into the care of the One who loves us with an everlasting love.

In this Choreography of Trust, where might our clinging hearts be hindering the very purpose God has for us? Perhaps it’s not about loosening our grip completely, but rather about transferring our trust from our own limited control to the perfect hands of our Heavenly Father. This surrender might open our lives to unexpected grace, leading us and our children on a journey filled with hope and fulfillment according to His divine plan.