Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness ... (Deuteronomy 8:2).
How easy it is to worry about the day. As a suddenly single mother of three, many a day I wondered: "Where will the next rent check come from? How can I possibly make it alone?" I relate well to these Israeli people wandering in the wilderness. I can almost hear them: "Of course, I believe you are God and you are watching over us. I remember you parting the sea really well! That was awesome. But white flakes for breakfast? White flakes for dinner and white flakes for supper ... really?"
It's easy to grumble about manna: "Is this all the money I have to live on?" "Why can't I go on Caribbean trips like so many of my married friends these days?" "Hmmphf. No new SUV for me. Five dollars in the tank is my 'luxury vehicle' this year — make that every year ...."
It takes discipline of the heart and of the mouth to not grumble about manna in our daily life. "Thank you, God, for money that just barely pays the heat bill. Thank you, God, for another night of Hamburger Helper and not Olive Garden — really."
God's manna in your life — what is it? What help came to you just when you needed it? What basic need of love, food or shelter was met when it didn't even seem possible?
Remember the manna, remember the long way the Lord God has led you. It's the remembering that distinguishes us — trusting child of God vs. grumbling Israelite. Which will it be today?
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