Every now and again I find myself going through a ‘grumble phase’ where just about everything gets to me. One of the things that penetrate my calm is stuff being lost. I seem to spend half my life hunting for things that have been mislaid. Such a waste of time! Aaaaargh! Oh and I could make a list of things that make me growl. One thing I have never had to grumble about though, is being hungry or thirsty. The things that get to me are really trivial when I think about it… and maybe I should refresh my memory of how blessed I really am?
Being hungry or thirsty is something to growl about. But not if you’ve been promised dinner on the table in 5 minutes time. That’s when you should be patient. And that was why Moses was upset with the Israelites. God had done so much for them already – set them free, saved them from their enemies, parted the sea so they could cross…promised to go with them and provide for them all the way… But they couldn’t wait for dinner. (Exodus 16:6-18). The reason was, they had lost sight of God. He was there just as he had promised; they’d just forgotten to look. So Moses and Aaron gathered the people together, and pointed to the One who had done so much for them. And as they looked, they saw ‘the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud’ (v10). And so he promised them a 2-course meal: meat at evening and bread in the morning. He wanted them to know he was provider, not punisher. He wanted them to grow up spiritually to remember his presence went with them everywhere, whether they thought about him or not. He wanted them to know there was enough for all. That the youngest and oldest, the most prominent and the humblest, large family or small, whatever size their appetite, there was enough for all.
God is big enough. Big enough to provide for all his children, whoever they are. Big enough to meet us and reveal himself to us in special ways when we get uncertain and insecure in our faith. Big enough to hear us when we have something that is bugging us and causing us to grumble. Big enough to rebuke us when we need it, but bless us anyway. Big enough to help us get over minor irritations and grow bigger too.