Where did time go? Christmas time is almost near and I haven’t published any article for the month of December. A lot of topics came across my mind but I like my first article for December to be something personal, simply because we all know the reason for this season.
I love this month where everybody seems to be merry. Last night I had the opportunity to ponder on something.
I was preparing Coby for his Christian Living quiz intended for today.
TOPIC: Passover and the Eucharist.
I love reading his CL notes. That interests me so much.
Pasko from Spanish “Pascua”, in English “Passover” – an important, biblically derived Jewish festival. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
Part of the topic we touched on is New Manna, Dewfall. I was impressed how he narrates it.
Dewfall is an ancient powerful image of the presence of God. For people in the desert, dew is an important source of water, sometimes the only source. It signifies life. It was with the dewfall that God gave the people of Israel manna in the desert. The dew formed on the ground and as it dried, the flakes of manna appeared. This was the bread of the people for the 40 years they wandered in the desert. From that introduction, a very wonderful conversation came.
Me: Huh! That was long, 40 years in the desert.
Coby: Mom, they did something wrong.
Me: What happened? What did they do? (checking his level of understanding)
Coby: Remember, the Israelites set out for “promised land” they began to complain about their hardships. They complained about the food, saying – the meat and fish they eat in Egypt have no cost.
Me: They should be thankful. They have been delivered from slavery.
Coby: Yeah, but they have lost their appetite.
Me: Thinking aloud, So its food….. hehe!
Coby: They never see anything but manna. So their complaining angered God and frustrated Moses. But Moses interceded for them, and asked God for forgiveness. God has forgiven them BUT….. in the desert their bodies will fall, every one of them twenty years old or more who has grumbled against him. Their children will be shepherds there for 40 years. Sad to know mom, even the children suffered from their forefathers’ unfaithfulness. Imagine mom, if the child is the same age as mine plus 40, (and if he’s still alive though), that’s the only time he will see the “promised land”. God said 40 years only….
Me: Hehe! If he’s alive! I paused for a while and said, “SCARY”. God teaches us the hardest way.
Coby: GOD IS JUST.
Me: I know. (Pausing for a minute this time – pondering how to inject a bit of “parenting wisdom” and what principle is taught by Israel’s example)
Then suddenly, RJ arrived from work. We do our family talk while having dinner or during our night cuddling. It’s always pleasant to catch up on everyone’s day and talk about the good and the less than good stuff. I mentioned to him that we were having an insightful discussion about Passover and the Eucharist.
Now, this is my chance to say that I appreciate both of them. I have never heard RJ complain neither Coby, whined.
I completely agree with Coby that “God is Just”. If He sees that we trust Him, we don’t complain, and never turned back when the road ahead looked difficult – He will definitely reward our patience. He will truly bless our hearts’ desire. God’s Word is Right and True.
And in life you have to learn to obey His instructions, in order for you to see and experience the land of milk and honey!
Just like other parents, when a chilld is whining, we know that real problem is emotional “weather”. A storm is coming. But we always find a way to nuzzle a child and will keep saying ” You need to wait, we will certainly fix it – its an important part of our job”.
We are not perfect, but I hope you will never forget the morals and valueswe have instilled in you .
Coby: Yes, mom. But you know Dad, Mom, if God is the type of God who gags around, He would probably sing this to the Israelites ….. (of course, minus the foul word)
Familiar with Nicholas Fraser’s – Why you always lying? Check out Coby’s version.
Why the _____ you “whining”
Why you always “whining”
Hmm oh my god
Stop _____ “whining”
Always “whining” to me (why?)
You “whining” so much (why?)
You making it hard for me
And thats it! The end of our light, yet very meaningful discussion.
MERRY CHRISTMAS my dear readers! May we never get tired of making effort to enter “The Land of Milk and Honey”.
Heart and Hugs,
*photos grabbed from the net