The Right Increments


Remember that manna sometimes comes in small portions—the grace to do the big and hard things comes in just-what-we-can-swallow increments.

The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day....” —Exodus 16:4 (niv)

I’m looking at high schools for Mary, middle schools for Maggie, and elementary schools for Stephen. In New York City, it’s not easy. I plod through the maze of tours and applications and deadlines. We come up with lists, do research online, visit schools, revise plans.

I keep up a decent outer demeanor, but I so don’t want to do this. I don’t want to stop homeschooling, don’t think this approach is what’s best for my two youngest, don’t know what kind of job I’m going to get once they’re in school. My desires aren’t the main factor here; finances are. So I keep going, until one night I am overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.

I crumple and send up a weary plea: “Lord, show me where You want my kids to go. Show me the job You want me to have.” I yearn for the big picture, clarity, faster answers, certainty.

God’s reply comes gently: I have given you something to do. It’s right in front of you. Startled, I look at the next item on my to-do list. I nod, remembering that manna came in small portions. Sometimes the grace to do big things, hard things, comes in just-what-we-can-swallow increments.

Father, grant me the patience to live one day at a time. —Julia Attaway
Digging Deeper: Eph 2:4–9; 1 Pt 5:10

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