Change of Season

“No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.” – Joshua 5:12

This was part of a text I read some in April this year. And it stood out to me to signify a Change of Season. Then I looked up the middle-column reference scriptures and these came up:

“So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived at the land where they would settle. They ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.” – Exodus 16:35

 change-of-season Image credit: Joseph M. Foster

“Remember how the LORD your GOD led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey HIS commands. Yes, HE humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. HE did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” – Deuteronomy 8:2-3

When the source of your feeding whether spiritual or physical changes, it may well signify a change from the season you’re in.

GOD fed HIS people with manna, quail and water from the rock while they were in the wilderness season of their walk with HIM. Once they came to the border of the promised land – Canaan, that supply of manna stopped. It was now a time where they would have to use their farming skills which they probably learnt while they were in Egypt. They would settle in this new phase of their lives and learn to work and eat from their labour.

 Manna & quail visual_crop Image credit: Bible fun for kids

I personally can’t remember any record of the Israelites complaining about how much they missed the manna. But I remember their complaints about how much they missed the garlic and leeks, melons and onions, fish and flesh, bread and cucumber from Egypt and had become tired of the manna [Exodus 16:3; Numbers 11:4-6].

In some season changes, we’re happy to move on and up and out into the next season GOD has for us. Other times, we really wish for them good ol’ days with the easy life even if that easy life kept us in bondage and servitude, even though that easy life severely restricted our freedom to worship GOD, even after we’d cried out to GOD to rescue us from it.

We, I tend to magnify the ‘good’ parts of the life I had prior to the season of life I’m currently in and miss how the season GOD would have me in now is an answer to the prayers I prayed for deliverance from the prior one. That’s the first point from these texts.

The second point which I thought of first was that I should be more mindful of the change in provision, as that tends to signal a change in season, a transition from the norm to a new normal. Remember when the disciples of John and the Pharisees questioned Jesus about His disciples not fasting and the response Jesus gave them: “they don’t need to fast while I’m here; they’ll fast when I’m taken away” (paraphrased from Mark 2: 18-20).

 seasonal-eating-chart Image credit: ablivinglife

Jesus was their supply while He was physically present with them; His presence was sufficient for them. He was their source in a direct way. When He departed, they would need the fasting to achieve what wouldn’t be achieved otherwise.

Another illustration that came to mind while writing this is that of Saul just before he was anointed first king over Israel. In 1 Samuel 9 and 10, Saul goes to look for his father’s missing asses and was referred to Prophet Samuel for directions who meets him and invites him for a meal. He makes him to “sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden” in the high place (9:22) and gave him food that he had previously set aside for Saul.

After the meal, Saul was anointed king over Israel and was “turned into another man” (10:6). Saul’s eating in the high place with probably 30 other Levites, those specially invited, opened a new season to his life like he least expected. Samuel came into his life and he was transformed.

By becoming aware, conscious of the changes in our supplies, especially in our spiritual diet and new entrants into our lives, we can tune in to the changes in the seasons of our lives that GOD’s about to bring and flow where HIS spirit leads. This I believe will lead to less fighting and struggling and trying to use the old techniques and strategies to move forward in the present season.

I’m almost certain I’ll write another blog post on how this relates(d) to me personally in a future blog. But for now, I’ll leave it here and link back to this post accordingly.

To our self-awareness of the changes of the season GOD calls us into, . . .

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