Photo and Commentary ©2023 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Here in the Pacific Northwest, when we enter the Fall months of year, the temperatures typically have started to drop. If you have a chance to venture out in the morning, just as the sun rises over the hills, you can see a sight like this. A collection of dew drops have adhered to this spiders’ web. I believe we can agree it makes for an interesting image, where the beams of sunshine light up hundreds beads of dew clinging to this silken design. Above and beyond the artistic beauty, this image is also a great reminder of a promise. A promise by God to a certain group of people.
Exodus 16:13-15 (NKJV)
So it was that quail came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So, when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.
God promised protection and guidance for the Israelites as they came out of slavery in Egypt. Throughout this journey, they weren’t always on their best behavior, given the number of times they complained and or turned away from God in defiance. Nevertheless, God stood by them. He had made a covenant, a promise, that He would always care for them. In this instance, as they complained of not having enough food, God stepped in and gave them exactly what they needed — sustenance. Some of it was protein in the form of birds, and another was dew that turned to manna, or a form of bread. This was yet another incredible miracle and demonstration of God’s love to His people.
This was a perfectly planned design, just like the design we see in the spiders’ web. God has His hands in it all – creation’s design (down to the dew drops on the intricate web), as well as our wellbeing. Thank you, God, for the provisions we receive each and every day!