What You Have Given Me for Today is Just Right

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Love Letter 7

Love Letter 7

Dear God,

I so often grumble rather than telling you that what you have given me for this minute, this hour, this day, ultimately this life is just right. I want to be more intentional with recognizing and telling you that what you have given me for today is just right. Everyday.

I was reminded of this as I was reading the biblical account of Moses leading Israel out of Egypt (Exodus 16). You parted the Red Sea for them to cross and shortly after they survived and watched their Egyptian pursuers drown from the water’s release, they grumbled.

The drinking water was bitter. They reported this to Moses. He came to you, you took care of it. Sweet water came. Ahhh.

They had no food. They grumbled to Moses and he came to you and you rained down quail that night and then manna the next day.

Your reason? So that the people may know you were the Lord their God.

Manna never seen before. It even means, “What is it?”, so foreign was it to them.

Manna enough for each day. What is it? Your provision for the grumbling wanderers for the entire time they wandered.

Forty years of manna. 40 years of what is it? Enough.

Fourteen thousand, six hundred days of manna. 14,600 days of what is it? Enough.

One day at a time of what is it. Too much manna collected gathered rot and worms. My selfishness over wanting more of your provision has eaten away at my heart (better this and that, more of this and that), rotting away my thankfulness for your just right provision for me that day. My stinky attitude festered when what I wanted from you didn’t come my way.

Fresh manna for each day. Just enough of this good gift from God. Do I see it? Do I take it for granted?

Manna for each person based on what he or she needed for living that day. Daily bread.

We taught our boys the simple prayer:

“God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for our food. By his hands we are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen.”

Jesus taught his disciples how to pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13 ESV).

Moses recognized their grumbling at him was ultimately them grumbling at you and what you had done in bringing them out of captivity. Your provision was to show them that you were the Lord their God by whatever means it took.

Thirsty? Living water. Your provision.

Hungry? Sustenance for that day. Your provision.

Adversity? Your plans for protection.

Darkness? Pillar of fire to lead the way at night. Your presence.

Sunlight? Covering cloud for the day. Your presence.

And I ask myself, what about me? How do I handle my daily bread of what you lay out for me to gather today? You are mine. I am yours. Do I treat your provision for today as a means you use to show me you are my Lord? Do I bend the knee (bless you) to recognize you provide all I have and all I need because you are aware of exactly what I need? You provide the just right amount for me each day.

What is this, Lord? It’s enough. It’s just right. You chose it for me because you have my best interest at heart.

Thank you for my what is it. It’s just right. It’s enough.

Love,

Amy

 

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