Manna from heaven

You know, God has a funny way of working – or at least according to my fleshy ways, His ways can be weird.  Even sneaky.  🙂 

But it is sure fun to see His plan unfold (after the fact). 

My point?  I have one. 

I think.

My first grade class has been learning about the Exodus and we are now on the ten commandments.  Last week as we were talking about the Israelites wandering around the desert and asking the Lord, “What are we doing here?”,  I realized that I had been feeling the same way.   The past 5 weeks have been hard and we JUST have not been able to figure it out.  I have caught myself crying out to the Lord, “What are we doing here?” 

On Saturday, I delivered a meal to a family with a new babe.  As I drove home, I decided to have a little chat with the Lord.  I literally started crying out, “WHAT IS IT?  What is it? WHAT. IS. IT?” Basically, I was yelling, “What do I need to be doing? Tell me.  Please, oh please, tell me!

Well, I picked up the phone to discuss with someone this chat I was supposedly having with God and “BOOM” – my fully charged phone went dead.  I think God wanted to talk to me.  And not via the cell phone.  So there we were.  God and me sitting in my momma van and chatting.  Basically, I kept calling out, “WHAT IS IT?”  And, if you know me, you are certain I was impatient for a response.  I was seeking, really longing to know what God has for us.  I just wanted to know WHAT IT IS. 

Later on, God turned my cell phone back on and I finally reached another human.  I was telling her about my conversation (or pleas to the Lord) and she started laughing.  She has also been studying Exodus but with a little more in-depth study than my first grade curriculum.  She said, “Do you know what manna translates into?”  Well, not really but I was certain she was going to tell me and that somewhere she had a point in this.

“Manna means ‘WHAT IS IT?'”

It’s true.  Manna comes from the Hebrew man hu – “What is it?”  Exodus 16:15 says, “When the people of Israel saw it [that is, the manna], they said to one another, ‘What is it?’  For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.’

See, God was blessing those confused chosen people and they had NO CLUE WHAT IT WAS.  They had never seen anything like it.  And certainly nothing coming down from heaven.

As our family has been wandering around this desert for not quite 40 days, it has been hard to see what God has for us.  I am not at liberty to share much of “WHAT IT IS” for us at this point (but I will soon) but I want you to know that God’s manna, or provisions, are not always something we know of and are familiar with.  In fact, I am slowly but surely discovering that what God has for me is usually something I would have never imagined.  I can’t help but think of those Israelites discovering that “stuff” from above and not knowing what to do with it.  Actually, they knew the fleshy thing to do with it.  Many of them stuffed some away, keeping it for days to come.  Those silly chosen people.  They chose not to obey and not to trust that God was providing them with enough for THAT day and that day alone (with the exception of gathering enough for the Sabbath) and would continue to do so. 

I, too, want to move forward.  Sometimes I miss what God has for me as I try to fit together the next puzzle piece to this thing I call life.  I know God is pouring manna down for us to prosper from.  Now we are waiting to see (and be told) what to do with it. 

Please pray for us as we are in the midst of a very important decision. 

And maybe soon we can answer the question of “What is it?”

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4 Comments

  1. sincerelyanna
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be praying for you – how hard and exciting at the same time to be in the place of waiting for God’s direction in major life decisions. Sounds like God responded right away to you through your friend, though – cool story! He always provides that manna!

  2. Posted September 23, 2008 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Neat story! I look forward to hearing more about what it is God has for you.

  3. Posted September 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    God Bless you guys as you seek the Lord’s wisdom on this and all situations…

  4. Celeste
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    We will be praying for you in the midst of the decision you all have to make. I love your honesty. Its uplifting.


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