Manna for 2013

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts is our book club’s book for December: a book about gratefulness when it doesn’t make sense.

I just moved from a very comfortable town that I’ve claimed for six years to a very new city in a very new state. Away from friends, community, church, hairdresser, Shannon the Eyebrow Whisperer…all relationships I’ve been building for six years.

This has been the craziest season. Losing Garrett’s mom, leaving everything familiar, together quitting four jobs within a 3 month span, moving to a new state…just trying to survive 2013. At the same time, being so excited about becoming husband and wife–creating a new family and moving closer to our six nieces and nephews…feeling so loved as we are commissioned outward to follow the Lord’s guiding hand.

I came across this passage and immediately thought of my two dear soul sisters who moved away from our familiar Redding as I did. Libbie to Seattle, and Marissa to Sacramento. We now reside in three different states, yet our hearts are closer than ever. We are facing the same adversity (in different looking packages of course), and this excerpt brought a balm to my spirit as I hope it will for them.

“When we find ourselves groping along, famished for more, we can choose. When we are despairing, we can choose to live as Israelites gathering manna. For forty long years, God’s people daily eat manna–a substance whose name literally means “What is it?” Hungry, they choose to gather up that which is baffling. They fill on that which has no meaning. More than 14,600 days they take their daily nourishment from that which they don’t comprehend. They find soul-filling in the inexplicable.

They eat the mystery.

They eat the mystery.

And the mystery, that which made no sense, is “like wafers of honey” on the lips.”

I choose to gather up that which is baffling and eat the sweet, delicious mystery.

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