They were the breakfast of champions…at least for her. Every morning, my great grandmother would pour a bowl of Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes, slice a banana over them, and douse them with milk. Then she’d sit down for what she never tired of.
I never cared much for Corn Flakes. Bland and tasteless…unless I added a little sugar. Even then I’d tire of them quickly if I had to stomach them every morning. But I’m that way with most breakfast foods. After a few days of the same thing, I’m ready for a change.
Apparently, I’m not alone. God’s people once tired of their breakfast menu too. All we ever see is this manna! (Numbers 11:5-6 NLT) The Israelites had a wider variety of food in Egypt, but they also had slavery as dessert. God’s Corn Flakes were good for a spell, but now they wanted diversity. So God provided a little meat…so much in fact that they vomited it up. Manna probably seemed pretty enticing after thirty days was up.
This was a simple case of “I know what’s better for me God.” Sounds amazingly familiar. If I thought about it long enough, I could conjure up a few times when I followed their pattern. “Here’s what I need God,” and “Here’s what I don’t need.” Trouble is, I don’t know what’s spiritually best for me without God’s assistance.
So I’ve made a pact with God. He sends what he knows is best, when he knows it’s best, for the amount of time he knows it’s expedient, in what form he knows suits his purposes, and I’ll take it without complaining…at least most of the time.
What God has in store for you is always better than anything you can imagine. Learn to take what he gives as a presentation of his awesome love.
Prayer: Father of mercy and grace, help us accept Your gifts even when they’re not what we’d prefer.
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