Snow: Manna From Heaven?

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Abe takes a break from
eating to pose for a picture.

Everyone knows the South experienced a huge snowstorm shutting down just about everything.  So what do these people do with time on their hands and no place to go?  Dog owners take their pups out for a romp in the frosty ground covering and post it on Facebook.  Don’t believe me?  Just google dogs in snow.  I bet you’ll find a few.

All dogs seem to believe that the snow is God’s gift to them.  The first thing my dog, and any dog for that matter, did was treat the fluffy white stuff like his own personal smorgasbord.  He loved it and kept begging to go outside to gobble it up.  And of course, most dogs love to romp through it.  They treat the snow as a wonderful, joyous event to celebrate and revel in.  And their owners love watching them.

For just a moment, I want you to picture this:

That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.  Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.”           Exodus 16:13-15

When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost covered the ground!  We know this story.  As children, we heard how God fed the Israelites as they wandered through the desert.  But often we read the stories, and we miss the reality of them.  Look at the snow and watch a dog’s appreciation of this ground covering.   This is what the Lord did for the Israelites.  Why?  They had been grumbling about their conditions, and rather than strike them down, he fed them.  Notice the joy you feel watching your dog or someone else’s celebrating the snow.  That’s how God feels when we celebrate His blessings.

What has God done for you?  Do you revel in it with joy as our dogs do with the snow?

If you want to see the kind of joy we should feel over God’s blessings, just check out this snow dog.

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3 thoughts on “Snow: Manna From Heaven?

  1. Many years ago, I went to a Baptist Women’s College and one requirement was 2 semesters of religion. In studying this passage, the instructor said when the people found the gift found on the ground, they said, “Manna, manna” . Translated, it means, “What is it? What is it?” Although the Israelites were skeptical of the promise that God would take care of them, they learned quickly that they could only take what was required to live, and anything in excess would spoil. This provided another teachable moment; greed was a characteristic God did not allow for his gift of love. Today, we all need reminding that HIS daily gifts are really Manna miracles.

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