The Widow’s Manna

Exodus 16;4,12  “Behold I am about to rain Manna from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion each day…  I have heard the people… in the morning you will be filled with Manna.  Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”

And in contrast…

Luke 22:19-20 ESV  And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body (manna), which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [20] And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

This manna of the Old Testament was God’s provision for the daily basics sustenance; for the temporal and immediate needs and day-to-day survival. To show them He was the Lord their God. There was still physical death though the need was met.  But the New Testament manna was a sacrifice for your ultimate provision.  Beyond the physical needs it supplied our spiritual needs… eternal life and death to physical hinderance and sin’s punishment.

Provision for one day at a time.  That provision is the love, strength, determination and power to take one step at a time in faith.  This Old Testament “Manna” for the day, is spoiled when we try to take in more than we need for that day.  But we trust that the Lord’s provision (New Testament Manna) is enough to fill us and strengthen us for the days steps in the journey.  We can have as much as wee need.

In all the world there is not a journey like it.  A  journey the creates abyss-like depth and character in proportions beyond imagination, and at the same time, tearing at and pulling the very fabric of all you think you are or will be.  The road on this journey is flooded with the puddles of a thousand tears and holds a broken heart, yet those tears cause it to blossom with the flowers of discovery and unexplainable, supernatural strength.  I won’t lie, this journey requires the valor and courage of a warrior, as well as, a willingness to crawling into the tender arms of our Heavenly Father with the fragile characteristics of a child.  This journey is one step at a time, when you feel you should be hiking miles each day.  This journey is falling to your knees, when you feel you should be running a marathon.  It stretches, it pushes, it hurts and it breaks; but it also envelopes in goodness, defines your courage, showers with grace and pours out peace beyond any human understanding.  This is the journey of a widow who still sees through the eyes of a wife.  As a new widow, I see the beauty of having those around me who have walked where I now tread.  It is comforting and lifts my very soul to know I am not alone or going crazy in my varied emotions.  With the blessing of these wonderful gifts of friends, others who have been here on this road before, it occurred to me that the beauty of encouragement was also mine to give as well.  So, here I pray in each word I may also be used to share the load and bless as I have been so richly blessed.

Psalm 27:13

“I believe I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living,” may I add, one moment, one hour, one day at a time.

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33 thoughts on “The Widow’s Manna

  1. Wendy – so beautiful and enlightening to me. I am so pleased you are doing this – it not only may help others with struggles like yours but also help those of us who have not experienced this kind of dept of struggle. God bless.

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  2. No problem with this link. Thank you for opening your heart. Healing & continuing are in God’s Strength. He has Provided a way for your words to be seen. Healing will come to many as He uses you in this way.

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  3. good morning. I am looking forward to reading your blog. You have a gift and I am glad you are sharing you. Your thoughts are insightful and touch me deeply. Blessings on this new adventure. ChrisT light shines brightly through you.

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    1. Oh dear Marisa, how sweet you are. Thanks for standing by through all of this journey. It means a lot. Thank you for the kind compliments and loving encouragement. Bless you. God’s light is great in you.

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  4. It has been a blessing seeing God work in your lives as you venture on this new journey. You are an inspiration! May the Lord continue to bless you as you seek and serve Him.

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  5. The hardest part is not being on the receiving end of being somebody’s wife anymore, and there lies the deep grief. When we are facing life alone as a single parent it can be scary….but we can do it and we do do it some how. The hard work of forging a new life awaits us. And still we grieve what we have lost. And still we must go on…it is so hard. And in the midst of all of that we still must care for the children…

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  6. Wendy your words are so touching to me. God has given you a beautiful gift to help you get through this journey he has given you and the girls.

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