“The people fell to grumbling over their hard life. God heard. When he heard his anger flared.” Number 11:1
I begin with a little story. A man came to breakfast one morning and told his wife he wanted two eggs—one fried, one scrambled. With no comment, the long-suffering wife cooked each egg to his specifications and then quietly put the plate in front of him. “Oh no!” he groaned, pushing it away. “You’ve fried the wrong egg.”
This Story is an example of why God was angry at the Israelites for so many years. He gave them everything they wanted, beginning with their freedom, and a few grumblers managed to infiltrate the rest of the people.
We sometimes refer to negative people as having the “glass half-empty syndrome.” Hold a half filled glass of water and look at it. Is it half-empty or half full? I understand we can’t be half-full people all the time. Even today, my body is tired and telling me go back to bed. Yet, my spirit calls me to write. It takes me longer to research what I want to talk about. The words don’t flow out to make sense. I convince myself no one will read it anyway.
What do we do to shake out of such a half-empty syndrome? I’m certainly not going to call up the most negative friend I have and invite her to breakfast.
Lord, please don’t be angry with me when I disappoint you for a little while. Amen.