Exodus 16:203 (NIV)
2In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
One day I saw a mother walking along with her 6-year-old son in the upstairs part of a building. The boy was walking alongside her and 100% of his attention was on the game he was playing on a cell phone. When they both approached some stairs to go down the mother stopped her son, took away the phone, grabbed his hand and started walking down. The entire way the kid screamed and cried for the phone back while the mother calmly moved him safely to the bottom.
I was astounded that the kid acted the way he did because if it were not for his mom he would have fallen down the stairs and been seriously hurt.
Then I began to think, how often do I do that with God? Whenever something doesn’t go my way I am quick to think “why isn’t God helping me?”
God usually answers our prayers with 3 ways: 1) Yes 2) No and 3) Not yet. As difficult as it may be we should not fear answers 2 and 3, but continue to have trust is God.
The Jews complained a lot when they were free from slavery in Egypt and yet I imagine God being just like the mother I witnessed, calmly leading them down the stairs to safety, despite their screams of anger and annoyance, until they ultimately reached their destiny.
When was a time you felt really annoyed with God because something did not go your way. How did you feel? How do you feel about it now? Take time today to pray for guidance and trust in God.
The author is the youth minister at Cedar Bayou
Grace United Methodist Church in Baytown, TX.
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