This is the quickest-written, most spontaneous, least proofread piece I’ve written in years. It’s about God’s provision, as I’ve recently experienced it.
Two friends appeared at just the right moments. One of the moments was surprising: I have only known this person for a couple years, and some of that time was spent intentionally staying away from one another. Then there were marked steps in a better direction, including but not limited to a revealing moment in a conversation a few months ago: she said she had made the decision to move from being a believer to being a follower. I have observed bits of the fruit of that decision in her life, and good interactions of various types have sustained and renewed the friendship. To the point, yesterday, she was at the right place at the right time. She told me something about a poignant song, and it moved me. A few minutes later, I simply had to tell her that I felt she was used by the Almighty in my life. This was a provision of daily bread for me.
And then another bit of friendship “manna” came a few hours later. Longstanding friendship comes in different shapes and hues. This devoted friendship is rich, has multiple good facets, and has been unquestioned for a decade. The conversation here was longer, providing sustenance on an even deeper level. A listening ear … personal and spiritual connections … words cannot adequately convey my gratitude for this “manna” from God.
It’s only mid-morning. As Jedd I sat at the table for oatmeal, I called to mind the back of a Fernando Ortega CD case I had just seen in my study. One song’s title is “This Good Day.” I could not in all honesty yet call this a good day, so I simply prayed openly about “this day.” All I can ask is for His provision for this day. It’s my recollection/understanding that God’s manna, provided during the Hebrews’ wilderness wanderings, was purposefully provided on a daily basis—precisely so the people would know God provides on a daily basis. There was to be no storing up, no stockpiling.
In the same vein, I should try not to worry about provision for tomorrow or next week. I am grateful now for the provisions of yesterday through two friends, and for sustenance for this day. This is God’s manna.
In terms of parenting and discipling, I am glad Jedd knows without doubt that I was grateful to, and dependent on, the Lord this morning.