September 19, 2012

Manna Jar

There is a jar in our home which is full of small slips of scrap paper scribbled with dates and provisions.  Every time that G0D has provided for us in the last ten years, the provision has been written on a piece of white paper (sometimes on the back of a bulletin, or the back of a kids' menu, or whatever) and added to our "manna jar."  Exodus 16:31-33: ...The people of Israel called the bread manna.[a] It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.  Moses said, "This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.' So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the Lord to be kept for the generations to come.”

Through our toughest times, when the winds are crashing so hard against us that we can hardly go on, we pull down the manna jar and retrieve a few pieces, reading how G0D provided.  We have a saying in our home, and we say it often to comfort one another.  We say, simply, "G0D has never let us down."  It is true, He hasn't.  I'm betting that He never will.  He's good with a promise, that One.

The manna is precious to me.  There are nights when I have literally slept holding the jar in my arms, soaking my pillow with tears.  Some of the pieces are seemingly insignificant in the grand scheme of things, such as G0D providing Dakota as a friend for Zion, or someone giving the exact amount of money we needed to pay our electricity, or a shivering Daniel finding a new down jacket waiting for him in his office one winter day.  Others of the pieces are seemingly more significant, such as the safe and healthy arrivals of our children, or G0D saving Daniel's life in that terrible wreck last spring.  All of them, however, point to G0D's faithfulness, and every one brings comfort to a desert-time heart.  When we are hungry, He feeds us.  When we are thirsty, He brings water from the rocks.  We need be anxious for nothing in the care of a G0D like Him.