The Israelites looked at it, picked it up, touched it, smelled it, tasted it, andasked, ³What is this?´ That question is the literal meaning of the word,
Can you imagine? That¶s like waking up one morning, looking out your window, and seeing
pan de sal
hanging from the trees. Wouldn¶t that be fun?
After a few days, the Israelites began to complain. ³Wala bang palaman?´ (Our sandwiches are empty.)
So God sent low-flying, slow-moving, foolish birds called quails that said,³Catch me, catch me!´ And the Israelites grabbed the birds, put them in their bread, and ate to their heart¶s content.
Imagine eating food falling from the sky. (My kids and I watched a cartoonmovie,
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatball.
If you watched it, you don¶t have toimagine.)
How can life be better than that? But alas, there are problems.
erience As A Beggar
When I had my spiritual conversion 30+ years ago, I remember dependingtotally on God¶s manna.
For a time, I didn¶t even accept my salary as a missionary. I wanted to betotally dependent on God.
I remember not having money for transportation.
After preaching at a prayer meeting, I¶d sometimes be the last person toleave, because I had no money to go home. I¶d wait for someone to invite me for aride or to pay for my bus fare.
There were days when I¶d be walking in EDSA, praying that someone wouldrecognize me and give me a ride. Suddenly, a car came by my side. I gotexcited. Yes, God answered my prayer! The driver lowered his window andasked, ³Puwede magtanong? Saan ang Aurora Boulevard?´ (Can I ask aquestion? Where is Aurora Boulevard?)When I gave him the direction, he thanked me and sped off. I ended upwalking a few more kilometers that night.
Finally, 13 years ago, a group of friends pooled their money together and gaveme a car!