As I finished and read over my last post (entitled Great is Thy Faithfulness), I reflected on my struggle to “remember and not forget” as God instructed the Israelites to do. I thought about my tendency to choose fear instead of faith, without thinking on all the examples of God’s work and provision in my life. Mostly, I thought about my desire to change – to be a person who celebrates God’s faithfulness and lives a life centered around faith in a great God.
I remembered in college when my “core group” of girls (community/Bible study) studied Exodus and made “manna jars”. The Israelites kept a bit of manna in a jar for many years as a reminder of God’s ample provision for them when they were in the dessert. For our manna jars, we wrote down examples of times in our lives when we had clearly seen God work, times He answered prayers or provided for our difficult circumstances. My husband and I have a figurative “manna jar” – we talk about the different examples of “manna” in our life. However, I decided that since my memory isn’t so good (like the Israelites) and I struggle so often with remembering how God has been faithful in the past, I need a more tangible reminder. My husband and I are establishing a family manna jar, to go in our living room. We will write down on note cards examples of God’s provision in our life, examples of prayers he’s answered and ways we have seen him work in our lives. We will share these with Eli and any other children we have, and invite them to contribute to the jar. I’m excited to have a visual reminder of God’s goodness, and hope this will be a powerful display for our family, and those who enter our home.
I already have many things to put in my manna jar including the recent example of God’s provision for me to stay home with our son, countless ways God has worked in my relationship/marriage with my husband, and answered prayers for a church where we could grow and build meaningful, life giving relationships.
God says that we are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Would you consider creating a “manna jar” for your family? What examples of God’s faithfulness would you include?
By Mary M.