There is something about manna that I have been thinking about for quite a while.
If you are unfamiliar with the story, it goes something like this... After the Israelites miraculously fled Egypt they began to grumble and expressed a desire to return to their old way of life. God responded with a daily miracle by giving them manna. Basically, bread fell from heaven! The Israelites would collect it, eat it, and hope that it would fall from heaven again the next day. (Exodus 16)
No Hording Allowed
One of the interesting parts of the story to me is that manna couldn’t be horded. It had to be consumed that day. They were also instructed to only collect what they needed. Spiritual sustenance cannot be horded either. If we wait and are open, God will give us what we need for today, usually no more and no less.
If you have some sort of quiet time in the morning, you have probably experienced this... you do your daily spiritual reading and later that day it is exactly what you need to get through some sort of situation, or possibly share with someone else who finds it helpful. To me, this is the spiritual miracle of manna in action for us today.
The Last Supper
Is it a coincidence that at the last supper Jesus took bread, broke it and said "do this in remembrance of me," or that He taught us to pray by asking for daily bread?
Manna came from God. Each day was a miracle, and it helps to be aware of the miraculous nature of our lives. Similarly, real spiritual food is a daily miracle that comes from God. Sometimes we just need a reminder.