RSS Feed
Feb 23

Heroes Arise From The Shadow of Horror

Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s been said, “Heroes are made not born.”  I agree, but sometimes they are borne out of great adversity.  When great tragedy occurs some people exceed the achievements of the common person, and heroes arise from the shadow of horror.

While Adolf Hitler’s policies promoted the genocide of Jews, German businessman Oskar Schindler is credited with saving more than a thousand Jews during the Holocaust by convincing the Nazis that they were essential workers supporting the war effort.

Generations before another leader feared the power of Jews living in his community.

Afraid that his slaves would conspire against his kingdom Pharaoh gave this order to all of his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”

Fear motivated his policies and infanticide was the result.  Fortunately, one mother, Jochobed, became heroic.

Jochobed “became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She…kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.

Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her. When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrew children,’ she said.

Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. ‘Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’ she asked.  ‘Yes, do!’ the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.

‘Take this baby and nurse him for me,’ the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.” [Exodus 1:22-2:9]

Not only did that mom find a way to save her son, Jochobed also found a way to get paid to raise him.  Her son, of course, grew into a hero himself known as Moses.

Heroes Arise From The Shadow of Horror By Making The Most Of A Bad Situation

Jochobed fought off the lies of “it’s a hopeless situation.”

Jochobed pursued a solution when it seemed impossible.

Jochobed watched Pharaoh’s daughter’s habits and believed she would love a baby of her own.

Jochobed coached her daughter Miriam what to say Pharaoh’s daughter: “Look surprised when you speak to the princess.  Try to sound spontaneous: ‘A baby? I know who can help you.”

You can make the most of your bad situation too.

Losing your job will not defeat you, believing it’s useless will.

Losing “the love of your life” will not defeat you, believing you’re unlovable will.

Losing your health will not defeat you, believing you’re useless will.

Failing in school will not defeat you, believing it’s hopeless will.

Heroes Arise From The Shadow of Horror

No comments yet, be a Hero.

Leave a Comment