Miriam ~ Gifted Leader
Meet Miriam, the gifted leader!
Most of us know about the little girl who watched over her three-month-old brother as he sailed in a basket boat on the crocodile-infested River Nile. Her story is told in Miriam Part 1 ~ Devoted Sister, which ends as the Children of Israel gather at the exit to Goshen, their home for many decades, and prepare for their trip to the Promised Land.
Miriam ~ Gifted Leader takes up her story at around eighty years old. Yet, as we will see, this was no fragile, elderly woman. She had far more energy than I have, and I imagine more than you. About to embark on an incredible journey that would take the rest of her life, she faced adventures and horrors of terrifying magnitude. Throughout that time, she showed herself to be a gifted leader. All this in a time when women were not regarded as capable of taking the lead.
This story commences as the previous book ends. I invite you to pick up your bundles and get behind our leaders as we prepare to take our leave of Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the life of slavery. We will follow Miriam as she steps out of the shadow of her famous brother, Moses, and becomes a true leader in her own right.
If you recognize this elderly lady from the previous Miriam book, you are right. She’s the same person. She’s just aged as we all do!
Excerpt: The story commences:
The sound of the ram’s horn echoed across the land of Goshen. Egyptians crowded along the borders of their land to watch. Some cheered. Some jeered. Others, especially women, waved tearful goodbyes.
Miriam took her place at the front of the procession next to her two brothers. “I am so sorry for these Egyptian women,” she said. “They did nothing to bring this about.”
Aaron glanced at her. “No, this is all to be blamed on Pharaoh and his stubborn disregard for human life. Not that the men are in the clear. They didn’t need to exert such cruelty on our men.”
Moses turned to those around him. “Let’s go people. The Lord has spoken.”
Shouts of scorn and ridicule came to Miriam’s ears. She looked around and saw a mob of young Egyptian men yelling obscenities and negative statements at God’s people. She felt a rush of anger quickly followed by one of great joy. “The Lord the God of our forefathers goes before us,” she sang out. “I AM is Lord of All!”
She heard those around her pick up the song. She added more words which she sang alone, then repeated, “I AM is Lord of All!” The sounds of jeering faded as more and more of the slow-moving multitude joined in. The words came like echoes from the back of the crowd. As a massed choir beyond any ever seen on earth, the people took up the chorus. “I AM is Lord of All!”
Moses turned and spoke into her ear. “Well done, Miriam. God is going to use your gift of song over these next weeks. Music lifts the soul and brings encouragement to the downhearted and fearful.”
She grinned and reached up to speak into his ear above the singing. “It also drowns the noise of opposition.”
The time had come—at last. What excitement filled Miriam’s breast. God’s people were on their way to the Promised Land. Indeed, I AM was Lord of All!
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Miriam – Gifted Leader is the first in a growing series of books based on women in the Bible that lived under the shadow of some other person, location, or event.
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