Missing Onions…

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Kevin

I was reading in Numbers yesterday when I came across this passage:

Numbers 11|4-6“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, ‘If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!’”

Ahhhh! Doesn’t it seem like the entire nation of Israel is just a bunch of whiners sometimes? Seriously, here they are being blessed by manna miraculously everyday. Here they are freed from the bondage and the slavery of the Egyptians. Here they are not under the pagan rule of a Pharaoh, but being lead by God himself. And it’s here that they are en-route to the Promise Land, the land of milk and honey, and yet…

…what are they missing…

…what are they murmuring about…

…onions? Really?

And while there are many times we see the Israelites in this light, like they are impossible people, with thick skulls who totally take for granted that God is in their presences, working in amazing ways. I think we can see ourselves. Can’t we?

What’s amazing about these stories of the bible is not just that they happened, but that they happen. We still take for granted that God is in our presence, working in amazing ways. We still can be stubborn and not get it. We must seem like impossible people and yet God continues to love us and pursue us.

How many times do we focus on the negative and hardships of our life and miss the big picture of what God is doing in us?

How many times do we miss the onions of our slavery and completely take for granted the grace of God that is with us no matter what we face?

God help us to see ourselves in the frustrating story of you trying to redeem us and us resisting it. God forgive us for being so impossible, so stubborn and so hard to love at times. And thank you that when we choose to focus on you and not the circumstances of our life that you are faithful!