Pastor’s Pondering – June 8, 2016


Just when you think you’ve “seen it all” and are above being surprised,

God does it again!

When the Hebrews wandered in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt,

they grew so hungry that they wished for the “good old days” (that were neither good nor old).

But, then God surprised them…manna, (“what is it?” they asked when they saw it)…

Every morning…bread from heaven…but, just enough food for one day…one at a time.

There was no reason to put a gluttonous portion in their robes.

They discovered that it would spoil overnight.

There was no reason to horde the manna because tomorrow the Lord would provide again.

Each day, they were given evidence of God’s wonder-working to provide sustenance for the trip.

I know that story and have known it since childhood Sunday School.

But, this spring, I have been surprised into that memory by things coming up from the ground.

We have a large flowerbed at our house filled with a variety of day lilies (chosen, ordered, planted).

Every day, there is a new batch of freshly open lilies, delighting the eye and the soul.

But, the next morning, yesterday’s blossoms are dead and gone and a new batch is born.

               Manna for the eye and the heart.

In another bed is spiderwort (a volunteer wildflower that someone before us put in the ground).

In the light of the morning, the spiderwort is a giant bouquet of brilliant blue blossoms.

By late afternoon, the blossoms are gone and all that’s left are the green stalks and leaves.

But, surprise, surprise, surprise (I liked Gomer Pyle), the next morning the blue is back.

Manna for the eye and the heart.

Both experiences (the cultivated and nurtured roots as well as the natural wild outburst)

are powerful evidence to me of the wonders and beauty of Creator God,

and reminders to me of the wonder and beauty of God’s surprising presence

in the day-to-day matters of life.

The daylilies and the spiderwort of the 2016 summertime landscape

will forever change and color my enjoyment when singing this hymn of faith:


         “Great is thy faithfulness, Oh God my father.          There is no shadow of turning with thee.          Thou changest not; Thy compassions they fail not.          As thou hast been Thou forever will be.

         Summer and Winter, Springtime and harvest,          Sun, moon and stars in their courses above          Join in all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

         Great is Thy faithfulness. Great is Thy faithfulness.          Morning by morning new mercies I see.          All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.          Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Where do you see and taste God’s daily manna of day-to-day faithfulness?

Just pondering…


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