I’ve done a lot of gathering this summer. Though it’s been a lot of work, it’s also been fun to plant some experiments like these luffa sponges. It can’t always be about green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes! I’ll need something to scrub off the dirt as I soak in my bubble bath with rose petals, wine and candles!
I’ve gathered and canned. I’ve gathered and frozen. I’ve gathered and dried. I’ve gathered in preparation for the winter. I gathered with the future in mind. I gathered what was given on any one day.
Gathering is nothing new.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. (Exodus 16:4 CSB)
Did they trust God to provide for them? A few verses later Moses tells us:
Some gathered a lot, some a little. When they measured it by quarts, the person who gathered a lot had no surplus and the person who gathered a little had no shortage. Each gathered as much as he needed to eat. Moses said to them, “No one is to let any of it remain until morning.” But they didn’t listen to Moses; some people left part of it until morning and it bred worms and stank. (Exodus 16:17-20 CSB)
No they didn’t trust God to provide for their daily needs. They tried to gather more than they needed just in case God didn’t come through for them. Or maybe He slept in or something.
This act of gathering was about so much more than food.
I wake up everyday with a choice to trust God.
Will I worry about tomorrow’s concern today, trying to manipulate things to make sure tomorrow’s need is met? Will I let thoughts of fear and anxiety about the future of my spouse, kids and grandkids, friends, the world, a diagnosis, political discourse etc accumulate and breed worms…ruining my peace and stinking up the joy that was given for today?
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34 CSB)
Jesus tells us, peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. (John 14:27 CSB)
Will I wonder if I’ll gather enough strength to meet the emotional and physical needs I’m facing today? Or do I cry out:
Lord be gracious to me! I wait for you. Be my strength every morning and my salvation in times of trouble. (Isaiah 33:2 CSB)
The Lord tells his grace is sufficient for us, for his power is perfected in our weakness. (2Corinthians 12:9 CSB)
He gives us enough energy for today because He is our Strength.
He gives us enough to meet our needs because He is our Provider.
He gives us enough so we don’t have to worry because He is our Peace.
Will you gather what He gives?
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