Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A Few Sighs And An Example.

It has been C-R-A-Z-Y the past few days and the next three weeks do not show any prospects of letting up!! I knew it was going to be bad when during a staff meeting last week, the principal handed out a calendar page of May to us so we could write down everything that was happening in the last two weeks of school! Of course on top of all that loveliness came the postal rate change on Monday (which has caused a few sighs on my part since I am very involved with the mail). And another unpleasantry that I've had to deal with (I say "I've" but I think two of the guys at church had to deal with it even more!) is that the Bible Study database somehow, someway, got corrupted. That has also caused a few more sighs along the way, but we will persevere:o). My motto for today was, "It's a choice to rejoice!":o).

But despite all that, I read this amazing verse in Joshua the other day that I wanted to share (I think it was Saturday and as you can see, I'm just getting to it now!). I've been following the children of Israel across the Jordan River and into the promised land, and this verse hit me:

Joshua 5:12 ~ "And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more."

After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, waiting for the last disobedient man of war to die, they saw an end to the manna. From Exodus 16:14 until Joshua 5:12, God met their needs daily with exactly what they needed. But the one thing I thought about was this. Halfway through the 17th year, did the wonder of the manna grow dim for the weary travellers in the wilderness? By the time the 31st year drew to a close, was there some complaining going on over what had been a miracle that very first morning after the dew was gone?

The children of Israel have quite the reputation: stiff-necked, hard-hearted, rebellious, stubborn, and murmurous people. But 1 Corinthians 10:11 puts it all into perspective for me today when it says, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples". I can learn from their example - good or bad.

The weeks before I leave for my trip are packed full of exciting things: picnics, family coming in, GRADUATION (!!!), etc., and I can get caught up in the busyness of it all and forget God's faithfulness, but may I never get to the point where God takes away His miracles and provisions and I don't notice because I got so used to it!


Tim Lytle said...

I still expect cookies.

Anne said...

So I heard... I was thinking maybe a gift certificate to a nice place for you and Katie, but I suppose the cookies will have to do:).

Tim Lytle said...

Oh, don't worry about the gift certificate. I'll break it again, then fix it again - problem solved, cookies and gift certificate.