[God told Moses] “You are to strike the rock. Water will gush out of it and the people will drink.” Exodus 17:6
In Exodus, Chapter 17, the Israelites faced another hardship and once again attacked Moses saying, “Why did you take us from Egypt and drag us out here with our children and animals to die of thirst?” (vs. 3).
This morning on NPR’s Morning Edition, a farmer in Northern Nevada was interviewed about the serious draught they are experiencing and how water is being rationed. Once large alfalfa farmers, they are now experimenting with raising vineyards. Grapes take about one-tenth the amount of water to raise than alfalfa.
God must be smiling on Colby Frey and other farmers who, instead of whining about the draught, are seeking solutions to control the amount of water they use in raising crops.
Moses threw up his hands at the thirsty people and went to God for a solution. Once again the magic staff used to strike the Nile and part the sea, was used to strike a rock. Instantly, the rock became a desert water fountain.
Dear God, help us to help ourselves before we start whining to you or others. Amen.