Exodus 16-18:Metaphorical Manna

Isn’t it beautiful how God supplies all our needs — often in ways we never would have imagined?

Who would have thought that a people wandering in wilderness would survive on supernatural food?  I’ve always wondered what manna tasted like, and in my reading tonight I noticed that the Lord told the people  to collect some manna and store it to show to their descendants.  The jar was placed in the Ark of the Covenant.  Once again, the Lord provided a way to preserve history.

A little history that I must have skipped over in my previous readings is the fact that Moses’ family was not with him during the flight from Egypt.  Perhaps anticipating danger, Moses sent his wife and two sons to stay with his father-in-law, Jethro.  Once they were safely in the wilderness, Jethro brought his family back to him.

How did Jethro know where to go?  Was he able to see the pillar of fire, the glory of God, on display?

The Lord is so good to us!  I just had news this evening that showed me, yet again, that He is in control of all things and He cares for me and takes care of those things that worry me.  Long story short: I needed to have a Matthew 18 conversation with someone who is near and dear to my heart.  The Lord knows my heart on this and how much I love this precious person, and he knew my personal angst in having to bring up old baggage for fear that it would turn this person away from Him.  I have prayed and prayed for the right words to say and the right moment to say them.  This afternoon I found out that the Lord solved my problem for me in a very unexpected fashion.  His removal of my obligation to have the conversation is a special form of manna for me!

Now I pray that He will give my grandma all the manna she needs to recover from her surgery today.  The doctor said the tumor was intact and did not appear to have spread to other organs — praise God!!  We will have the pathology report later…but tonight I am rejoicing that God heard my prayers for her and has his protection over her even this very moment!

Metaphorical manna is all around us, if we only take the time to look.

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