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Manna - A Personal Crisis Story
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:04:18

This is a short snippet taken from my short Christian Pocket Guide "Manna - Trusting In The Provision Of God".  It's a personal story of mine which I thought I'd share with everyone because I believe it speaks to the fears that each of us has in regards to whether or not God will provide or meet all of our needs.  Anyhow, without further delay, here's the snippet.

Sometimes it takes God hitting a person over the head before they'll pay attention or listen to Him.  Jesus had to knock Paul to his knees on the Damascus road (Acts 9:1-19).  God had to put Jonah in the belly of a whale (Jonah 1:17).  Jacob (later renamed Israel) had to go through quite a few years of trials and a night wrestling with the per-incarnate Christ (Genesis 32:22-32) before God got his attention.  And these aren't the only stories from the bible where God needed to take a "clue stick" to people before they finally got the message.

Even in this modern day it takes a lot to wake us up.  Our world, our environment, and oftentimes our own selfish desires blind us to God's movement in our lives.  But eventually He does reach us.  It happened the day I got saved, and it's happened repeatedly throughout my life.  If you can't tell I tend to be a bit thick headed about some things and sometimes only a good, solid crisis will awaken me to a truth.  But once I've taken hold of that truth, I will not easily let it go.  So there's some benefit to that stubbornness.  It's from this platform that I present to you with one of the great crisis moments in my life which God used to get my attention.

It began late one night after a long day filled with worries.  I'd spent most of that day, and the previous several, fretting over our food supply.  While I can't say I've missed many meals, I was the kind of person who worried all the time about whether or not we had enough food on the shelves.  This was especially true that night as our pantry was nearly empty and we had very little prospect of filling it anytime soon.  This was primarily due to a series of events that'd drained our cash reserves dry, and left us with nothing to buy groceries with.

To give you an idea of how worried I was, my Mom told me later that she could see it in my eyes, hear it in my voice, and tell it in the way I was acting.  While I wouldn't admit it at the time, I was scared.  Maybe not to the level of terrified (Being ADD with Aspergers I would've emotionally shut down long before ever reaching that point), but enough that it was causing problems.  I remember going to bed at my usual time around midnight and quickly drifting off to sleep.  I figure the dreams kicked in about two hours later, and most were just random and wandering as us ...(read more)

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