Green Eggs and Manna

Bible Reading: Numbers 9:15-23; 10; 11 - Listen (ch. 9-11)

The Israelites complained about only having manna to eat. They craved the meat and fine foods they had in Egypt. God heard their wailing. He kicked up a mighty wind that drove in enough quail from the sea to feed them for a whole month, until they loathed it. The quail caused illness and death for many of them (11:4-6, 18-20, 31-35).

The manna God provided for the Israelites is like many of the things he provides for us that affect our everyday life ...a marriage partner of many years, a house, a job, children.... Each one is a special blessing, given by God. Each gift can be taken for granted, however, and sometimes feel burdensome, monotonous, routine or tiresome. We find ourselves complaining and "wailing"! We wish we could break out of the rut. We crave other delights. We dream about how life would be in the arms of another man, or living in a nicer house, or working in a different job, etc. Then sometimes God gives us our desires, even though he knows it's not what's best for us, and we end up loathing what we had craved. Sometimes it even destroys us.

Lord, help me remember how miraculous it felt when you first provided the manna in my life, and how blessed I am that you continue to fill my cup every day with that manna. When it starts to taste boring, help me think of new ways to prepare it and spice it up. Give me new creative ideas ...new "recipes". The Israelites "cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes" (11:8). It reminds me of Dr. Seuss' book, "Green Eggs and Ham"! My personal version of "Green Eggs and Ham" ends this way:

Say! I LIKE this man o' mine! [MANna – mine!]
I do! I like him, Great-I-am! ...
And I will love him in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
He is so good, so good, you see! ...
And I will love him here and there.
Say! I will love him ANYWHERE!
I do so like this man o' mine!
Thank you! Thank you, Great-I-am!

Lord, thank you that, just as the Israelites woke every morning to see the miracle of the manna on the ground, I can wake up every morning to see the miracle of the manna in my life (especially the MANna in my bed)! As with the manna in the desert, you've given me many daily expressions of your provision, your faithfulness, your blessing, and the abundance of your grace and love. Thank you! Thank you, Great-I-am!