Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Half-a-Moon


Today we got only a half moon. I say only, because it could have been full. Is not a full moon better than a half? To me, it is. This half moon is at most halfway pleasing to me. If we could simply have a full moon today, then I would be happy. However, since I only see a half moon I will complain about it.

The moon today was ugly; it put me in a bad mood. It surely could have been bigger. It really could have been fuller. Brighter. Shinier. Clearer. Now that I am thinking about it, do we really need a moon at all? I mean if it is not going to be full, bright, and shiny, then what is the point of putting it up there? While I am at it, there were a few other things not quite right this morning. For one, my feet were sticking out, bare and cold, when I woke up. Furthermore, my coffee was a little bitter; I do not like that all. Not to mention the temperature drastically changed from the weekly average that we have been receiving. What’s the deal?

Now let me regain my composure. Well, now that I look at it again, these really do sound like silly things to grumble and complain about. Do they seem silly to you? They really do seem a menial and trivial thing when you take a step back and look at them from another point of view.  Though, I suppose, from God’s point of view, these things may not be trivial at all. They may have great importance in my life. I guess it is considerable to remember that God is the determiner of the importance of everything in each area of our life as it relates to His ultimate plan. So, maybe I should not complain about the half moon then. I really shouldn’t complain about anything. After all, I’m sure that Moses’ Israelites thought it was an insignificant thing to complain about having only manna and no meat to eat. Yet, Numbers 11 says this:
 1 Now the people began complaining openly before the LORD about hardship. When the LORD heard, His anger burned, and fire from the LORD blazed among them and consumed the outskirts of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and he prayed to the LORD, and the fire died down. 3 So that place was named Taberah, because the LORD’s fire had blazed among them.  4 Contemptible people among them had a strong craving for other food. The Israelites cried again and said, “Who will feed us meat? 5 We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. 6 But now our appetite is gone; there’s nothing to look at but this manna!”…
18 “Tell the people: Purify yourselves in readiness for tomorrow, and you will eat meat because you cried before the LORD: ‘Who will feed us meat? We really had it good in Egypt.’ The LORD will give you meat and you will eat. 19 You will eat, not for one day, or two days, or five days, or 10 days, or 20 days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes nauseating to you—because you have rejected the LORD who is among you, and cried to Him: ‘Why did we ever leave Egypt?’”…
 31 A wind sent by the LORD came up and blew quail in from the sea; it dropped them at the camp all around, three feet off the ground, about a day’s journey in every direction. 32 The people were up all that day and night and all the next day gathering the quail—the one who took the least gathered 50 bushels—and they spread them out all around the camp.
 33 While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the LORD’s anger burned against the people, and the LORD struck them with a very severe plague. 34 So they named that place Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved the meat.