What’s Your Manna?

Have you ever had manna? Probably not in the literal form, as the children of Israel did on the journey to the Promised Land.  That was food sent from Heaven to the Israelites as they traveled through the wilderness after fleeing Pharaoh and the tyranny of Egypt.  It was a gift from God to nourish them in that wilderness place.  And it sustained them for the entire 40 years that they wandered in the wilderness.

So, I’ll ask again…have you ever had manna? Maybe this will make it easier to answer.  Have you ever felt like you were wandering in a wilderness place in life? Like you’re in a place where God seems distant? Like you’ve been left in a dry and desolate place for a purpose that isn’t yet clear? But you have manna.

You have blessings that, when God first sent them to you, you cherished them, appreciated them, were thankful for them.  But as you wander in the wilderness, the realization of blessing wears off.  Like the children of Israel, what was once clear evidence of God’s provision, care and blessing has now become normal, everyday and mundane.  But it’s still manna.

It’s still heaven-sent blessing to nourish your body, your spirit, your emotions, your soul.  It hasn’t changed. But your view of it has.  What it has the potential to provide you hasn’t changed, but what you allow it to provide you isn’t the same anymore.

So, one more time…have you ever had manna? Have you been blessed with a spouse who walks unfailingly with you through your wilderness? Do you have children who bring new life to your home daily? Do you have friends, or even just one friend, who stand by your side regardless of the wilderness you face? Do you have a roof over your head? Food on your table? A God who never leaves your side?

If you can answer yes to even one of these (although I’m betting you can answer yes to several…and come up with some of your own!) then you’ve had manna.  No, you have manna.

As you journey through your own personal wilderness, take notice of the manna.  Make a list of your own personal manna.  Cherish your manna.  Fix your eyes on your manna, not on your wilderness.  As you journey through your wilderness, with full awareness of the blessing of your manna, know that, just as God did for the children of Israel, He will sustain you with manna through your entire journey to your Promised Land.

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