God Provides Manna
On Sunday, October 8th Our scripture was from Exodus 16:1-18. The Isrealites and the desert. And God providing manna.
I was not in worship to hear the message that Sam Campeau, Executive Director at Luther Point Bible Camp, shared with the congregation. But I do have the sermon notes that were taken and would like to talk about and share some of the questions that came up.
One of the questions on the sermon notes is: Question I would like to ask Pastor. One of those questions was; How has God provided for you. What a thought provoking question. I want to pose it to all who are reading this blog. What are ways that God has provided for you? Times you realized God was providing. Or maybe times where you felt that God was not providing.
If we look at the Apostles Creed, the first article, Martin Luther's explanation reminds that everything we have is God's. Therefore God provides everything. If we remember to trust in that and think in that way, everything we have God provides.
That is the easy, church answer. Easy to say, not always as easy to do.
To dig deeper, I started thinking over my life and times that I felt God's providing. One in particular was when I was on internship and my supervisor's daughter died suddenly. It was a tragedy for their family, but also for the congregation (as my supervisor, their pastor had been there for 10+years).
For me personally it was difficult, because I was an intern, a baby baby pastor, and all of a sudden I am being called to lead this congregation through their grief. And I remember vividly the people that were placed around me, that held me in prayer, gave me words of encouragement. I remember the ways in which God spoke the upcoming sermons through country music artists. God provided in that time and it was Holy.
That being said, I can think of times when I did not think God was providing, at least not in the way that I wanted. I remember when my husband and I were first married and we were going through some difficult times, I felt that God was not providing for us, at least not in the way I wanted God to provide.
Of course, in hind sight, things always look a bit clearer. And I can see how those difficult times brought my husband and I closer together because we trusted that God would see us through even if we didn't understand the way we were being led. And we learned valuable lessons that still lead and guide us today.
So how has God provided for you? Another question is how has God called you to provide for others?
I look forward to the journey and our conversation together.