Exodus 16: 2-15
One of the most powerful aspects of the Exodus story is the brutally
honest way in which the behavior of the people of Israel is remembered.
As soon as the people of Israel finally complete their escape from slavery
Egypt by reaching the wilderness, they don’t stop and give thanks to God.
Instead, they start complaining! “We’re hungry! Why did you bring us out
here into the middle of nowhere to die? We want to go back to Egypt. At
least there we can get a decent meal,”……whine, whine, whine.
Instead of growing angry, God understands that anxious and frustrated
people are really just scared people. Like a good parent, God knows the
wisdom of a well-timed meal for calming “hangry” children down. God
provides manna and quail to fill empty stomach. And God provides
presence in the form of a cloud to soothe anxious and fearful hearts.