They looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. And the LORD said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’”
Last week, as I headed up to my favorite spot in the North Carolina mountains, I heard the sound of rushing air out my back window and realized my back tire was losing air fast. The nearest auto shop was ten miles away, and I only made it a mile before my truck tire completely untethered and I had to pull off the road just before damaging the metal frame. Thankfully, I still had cell-phone service, so I called an auto shop and asked if they towed, which they didn’t, but they gave me the number of a local farmer who did. It took him a couple hours to get to me, but any help would do at that point—especially with it being so close to five o’clock—and I was grateful for it.
The farmer felt sorry for me and wanted to save me some money, so he towed me to his buddy’s shop who sold used tires for cheap. When we arrived, I was thrilled to learn that there was exactly one tire left in my size! But the best part came next. After changing my tire, the mechanic rung me up and said, “That’ll be 37 dollars, sir,” which was like a ribbon and bow on top of an already great gift. Because not only is 37 dollars a dirt-cheap tire, but I happened to be in the mountains that day celebrating my 37th birthday!
Don’t you love how the Lord doesn’t just give us the things we need in life, but He personalizes the gifts for us, friend? Oh, that we wouldn’t miss the hand of the Giver behind the gifts! When we do, food is just food, and marvels are just marvels, and tires are just tires, and we’re as empty as ever by the end of the day.