Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Manna in the Morning


I slowly roused myself from my warm, quilt-covered, king-size bed, fed and "pottied" my sweep pups, then brewed myself a steaming, hot cup of Yorkshire Gold tea..  

My morning was off to a great start! 

Ah, but then I was faced with my first choice of the day.  

 I knew my Lord Jesus was waiting to meet with me, but, first, I needed to check my email, glance at the local news headlines, take a shower, get dressed, do my hair, etc.  You know, I needed to get ready for the day. I figured I would just do those things first, then meet with the Lord.

Alas, you know how it goes . . . one email became several, and many of those were blog updates and weekly newsletters, which took time to read.  The local news  involved clicking to other articles. Then---since I was already online---I visited a couple other news sites and then Amazon to check the status of an order. Oh, and since my Amazon homepage recommended a couple of books, I read the synopsis of each of them, then clicked over to Goodreads to add one of them to my "to-read" list.  Of course, that quick visit to Goodreads was anything but quick, for on the right side of my home page were descriptions of new releases and other books I might enjoy.  I just had to check those out too!  Before I knew it, I had been on the computer for over an hour, and it was time to hit the shower and get dressed.

By the time I was done with my hair and makeup and was "ready," the morning was half over.   It was time to get started on the day's duties.  There was certainly no time for Jesus right then.

That's okay, though.  I'll just meet with Him in the afternoon.

But after several hours of errands, chores, coffee dates, phone calls, dinner prep, and who knows what else, the day was gone, and that "later" time for meeting with Jesus has slipped by.  

Oh, well, that's okay.  I'll meet with him before bed.

But then, after an evening walk with my husband and our nightly TV viewing, I was too tired to do anything except fall asleep.  No Jesus this day.

I wish I could say this scenario didn't happen often for me.  I wish I could say it was more the exception than the rule.  But that would be a lie.  The truth is, much too often, that is how my day goes.

I've been lamenting about it to the Lord a lot lately.  And then I read these words in Exodus, and clear as day, I knew the answer to my dilemma.


Exodus 16:21  The people gathered the food morning by morning, each family according to its need.  And as the sun became hot, the food they had not picked up melted and disappeared.



As the sun became hot---meaning that, as the day went on---the manna disappeared.  If God's people didn't get their sustenance first thing in the morning, they didn't get it that day.  
The same is true for me.  If I fail to gather my daily bread in the morning (thinking I will get it later in the day), I end up not getting any that day.  Just as the sun melted the manna, the busyness of my day melts away my provision for the day. 

So, here's what I am vowing to do:  before checking my email or the news, before even taking a shower, I am going to meet with my Lord.  I will still feed and potty my sweet pups, and I'll still brew that hot cuppa.  But then it's manna time.  Nothing else is more important than time with Jesus---not a shower, not my email, and certainly not the news.  Only after I have spent time in God's Word and in prayer can I face the challenges of my day.

Those wise and beautiful words in Exodus remind me that God wants to sustain me every single day.  I absolutely cannot get by on yesterday's provision.  I need my manna each day.




8 comments:

  1. So true! I love the way you said this: "Just as the sun melted the manna, the busyness of my day melts away my provision for the day." I always call my quiet time in the morning, the "Daily Offering" or D.O. but if I don't DO the D.O. first thing, time will slip away from me and it doesn't get done.

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    1. Jerralea, I love that term, the "Daily Offering." That is such a beautiful way to look at time with the Lord---as an offering. Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a comment.

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  2. Yes, I understand completely! Years ago, when I was still working, I prayed on my way to work. I'm sure if anyone saw me "talking" in the car, they thought I was nuts but that was my time with Jesus. Now that I am retired, I always get up before Joe so I get in the shower and get dressed for the day, go to the kitchen and get my cup of coffee. Then, while Joe is getting up, in the shower and getting dressed, I have my prayer time and read my devotions. I don't get to the computer, sometimes, until late afternoon or early evening. Now and then, I don't get that quiet time with Jesus and my day just feels off-balance. It has been working for me. Loved this post!!

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  3. I can fall down those rabbit trails too, Patti. One thing leads to another then another. This morning I intentionally set aside a couple of hours to catch up on all the "little" things that get squeezed out by the end of the day. Adjusting our schedule to match our priorities is a necessary task again and again!

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  4. What a cautionary tale this is, Patti! I have had the same series of rabbit trails derail my good intentions as well! We have to be on guard, don't we!

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  5. oh yes I NEED the Word before the world but how easily I get distracted and feel the pull towards the things of the world rather than the things of God. Thank you for this reminder and this challenge through your honest words.

    mariel
    marieldavenport.com

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  6. "Just as the sun melted the manna, the busyness of my day melts away my provision for the day" - love this analogy. It's so true. If I don't do my devotion first thing, the chances of it happening dwindles with each passing hour.

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  7. Thank you for pointing me to the Exodus scripture. I love how it challenged you to begin your day with God and collect the manna before it melted. Beautiful post.

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