Jars of Manna

Take a jar and put an omerful of manna in it, and place it before the Lord to be kept throughout your generations. (Exodus 16:33)

This Thanksgiving, as I thought about all of the things I am thankful for—the many ways in which I am blessed and the countless ways God has provided for me—I realized how infrequently I reflect on the ways (big and small) He makes His presence known in my life. I’m not just talking about finding Him in my successes and triumphs when everything is going according to plan. I’m talking about looking at the hard times—the pain, the broken relationships, my failures, the times of doubt and struggle when things don’t go my way—and still being able to see God at work. Active and intentional remembrance that allows me to find the blessings in all seasons of life, even the hard ones. Remembrance that moves me to heartfelt gratitude and worship. We are commanded to give thanks in all circumstances, but are we cultivating habits that allow us to do this? Continue reading