The journey of wandering…
The Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years. They were leaving one way of life and heading to another. Day after day their faith was tested.
You might know this story already. It’s a story of courage and fear, faith and doubt. Often as they wandered through the desert people would get anxious and restless. As they wandered, they wondered if leaving Egypt was the right thing to do.
Somewhere along the journey, they began to get hungry and God provided. God made it rain out this thing called manna. It was something edible that came pouring out from the sky. To be honest, I have no idea what that would have looked like. I don’t know if it tastes good or not.
“I will rain down bread from heaven for you.” Exodus 16:4
From our perspective though, it was pretty clear God was in the manna. That He was with them as they wandered through the desert. It was clear God was providing for them when they needed it the most.
Yet, despite seeing this crazy edible thing fall from the sky, there was still a small group of people that doubted the whole thing. They thought it was a mistake to be in the desert. When things got tough, they wanted out. Their fear was driving them. They believed that God was not with them in the journey of wandering.
Even though they saw the manna, they missed what the manna really meant for them. The manna should have shown them they were indeed on the right side of history. That God hadn’t abandoned them. That even when they seemed so far from God, lost, and hopeless, God hadn’t left them.
Some of you may be in a transition season right now. You may feel like you are wandering in the wilderness. You may have doubts about the path you have started to head down. Keep an eye out for the manna moments. Those moments that are evidence that God is indeed working. That He hasn’t left you and is in this adventure with you!
Be on the lookout though. They go quick and they provide just what you need not much more. Manna was meant to be eaten not stored up.
Look around. What manna moments have you seen in your journey lately?