I took a few days off from 300wordsaday awhile back. I called it a sabbatical. It was actually a break for you and for me. I was traveling during many of those days to a variety of events, and I ran out of words.
I didn’t come back to writing all rested. But that wasn’t the point. Rest wasn’t on the list. I did come back with the realization that 300wordsaday is, for me, like manna. A daily provision.
If you need a review, manna was what showed up on the ground six days a week during most of the forty years the people of Israel wandered the desert. From the outset, God said it would be a day’s worth five days a week and two day’s worth on the sixth. And then, on the seventh day? Nothing.
When a few people tried to get extra on any day but the sixth, it rotted. When a few people tried to get some one the seventh, nothing.
God said, “I’ll feed you all you need, but you need to depend on me. And my schedule. And my commitment to just in time manufacturing.”
What I realized while I was not writing is that I can’t write ahead here. It never works. I can’t store up posts and plan a strategy and teach through something. Anything. When I try, it feels off, contrived. And that’s not a bad thing.
In fact, it’s a great thing, an opportunity to daily depend on God for food.
Funny. When Jesus said to pray for daily bread in the prayer we know as the Lord’s prayer, he wasn’t just making it up. It wasn’t random.
It was the story of the forty years in the wilderness. Daily bread. Just enough. Nothing extra.
So, what’s your manna?
Here’s a video version of this post: Time off
And here’s a sermon on Matthew 5:21-26 I preached yesterday: A different kind of memorial day