Our Spiritual food is reading God's Word and talking to Him.
Find Your Own!
Joanna looked at the rolling sand dunes of the desert and thought how
pretty the sparkling white flakes looked in the early morning sun.
They were everywhere and covered the desert sand as far as she
could see. "What is it?" she asked her mother as she collected
a handful and poured it into the clay jug at her mother's feet.
"Moses said it is called manna," replied her mother, "And it's the
bread God has sent for us to eat."
Just then some strangers came running up to where their friends and
neighbours were busy filling pots and basins with the strange white
flakes. The men roughly pushed the women aside and even
punched one of the men who tried to stop them from grabbing all the
manna they had collected.
"What rude people they are!" exclaimed Joanna, "They didn't have to do
that because it's lying all over the ground and everywhere."
Her mother drew her away and said, "There's more than enough for all
of the people of Israel, for God always provides our needs."
She put her arm around Joanna and hugged her, "Moses spoke to God and
He sent us food from Heaven." Joanna looked up to Heaven and
asked, "Is it food that the angels eat? "Yes," answered her
mother, "Now come, let's go back to our tent as we have enough for
Enough for Today:
As Joanna followed her she asked worriedly, "But what about tomorrow,
shouldn't we gather more for it?" Her mother shook her head,
"No, Moses commanded us to collect just enough for the day and not to
try and save any for the next day, because then it would turn
"But why did God make that rule?" Joanna wanted to know. Her
mother sat down under the shade of a tall palm tree and patted the
sand next to her. "Sit down next to me and I will explain it to
you." Joanna did so as she popped a handful of manna from their
jug into her mouth. As she chewed she laughed and said, "It's
delicious, and tastes just like honey!"
Her mother smiled at her enthusiasm and said, "I'm glad you like it
because we are going to eat it for many days." She thought for
a moment, "God told us to collect just enough for our portion every
morning. And then we will think about Him every day and remember
to thank Him for His care for us. It's not enough if we only
think of Him on a Sabbath or a feast day".
Joanna thought about the kindness of God every day. Each time they
sat down to a meal she would look at her mother, and then bow her head
to say a 'thank-you' to God.
Result of Disobedience:
Next morning they awoke to shouting and anger in the camp. "What a
dreadful smell," exclaimed her father. All around people were
throwing manna onto the rubbish heap. "So!" came a angry voice,
"You refuse to pay attention to me! And now the manna you kept
overnight is rotten and full of maggots. It's stinking out our
campsite!" A shiver ran down Joanna's back as she watched an
angry Moses waving his arms and shouting at the disobedient people.
Next day as Joanna walked into the desert she whispered, "Mother I'm so
glad we obeyed Moses. He was awfully angry at those disobedient
people. We must make sure we gather new manna every day!"
Her mother nodded as they started to gather manna to refill their empty
jug. She gave Joanna a hug and replied, "Daughter, I am proud of
you. You must never forget that your name means, 'God is a
gracious Giver' and that He can be trusted to meet our daily needs."
Well, Joanna grew up and eventually went into the promised land with the
Israelite people. But she never forgot to take time to think
about God and His kindness every day, because she knew that He loved
And that's why God wants boys and girls to read the Bible and talk to God
every day. It's your spiritual food and will help you to grow up
as good children of God. I hope you will remember this story and
know that we serve a wonderful God. He still graciously protects
us and gives us our daily needs.
It's your daily portion - a kid's portion. Make sure you get it!