I am not a big fan of rodents and I guess that is more true now then when I was a child. I can still remember the old metal shed out behind the house. The memories of the metal shed are still so vivid today because of what was kept in there. Alongside power tools, rakes and other lawn equipment, we kept a fish aquarium of little white and black mice. Not just one or two or six, but what seemed like hundreds. I don’t even know why we kept them in the shed. I don’t recall why we had them in the first place especially considering we kept them inside a hot metal shed. Oh wait a minute, mice can tolerate any environment! Ok, I don’t feel so guilty now.
We used to visit our pets in the shed every day. We would feed them, pick them up and stare in their little red eyes, pet them, and watch them sleep. Our mice usually slept on top of one another in little balls of fur. For the curious minds, we did not feed our mice to snakes.
I think you know me by now to know I have a point to make using this childhood memory. We had hundreds of mice, yet we took care of them every day. We provided food and water for them and at night made sure they were warm.
The story of the mice reminds me of the Israelites and their trek through the desert. God called the Israelites out of captivity and led them through the desert. By day he led in the form of a cloud, by night in the form fire. While traveling through the desert, God provided food and water to the people.
Exodus 16:11 and the Lord spoke to Moses: 16:12 “I have heard the murmurings of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘During the evening you will eat meat,and in the morning you will be satisfied with bread, so that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’”16:13 In the evening the quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning a layer of dew was all around the camp. 16:14 When the layer of dew had evaporated,there on the surface of the desert was a thin flaky substance,thin like frost on the earth. 16:15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another,“What is it?” because they did not know what it was.Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you for food.”
God took care of the Israelites while they were traveling. The Bible says in Exodus there were 600,000 men plus their relatives. That’s a whole lot of mice to care for. But God was faithful to care for them.
If he can care for over 600,000 people wandering thru the desert, my friend he can very easily care for you and me. I don’t know about you, but that’s a very comforting thought.
Have a great day and don’t forget to thank the God of the heavens and earth for the blessings he has bestowed on you today. Big or little, a blessing is a blessing.
Love you Lord!
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