Bread, an every day food we take advantage of without realizing it.
Think about the above statement for a second. We can go to the store, buy bread already made and ready to eat. Incredibly easy, yet I know I am one who finds myself complaining about this simple task.
I often find myself annoyed when we are out of food and I have to take my four kids to the store. Even when I do a grocery pick up, I tend to still complain about how long it is taking the employees to bring me my groceries. Convenience, is something we take for granted in today’s day in age. We are spoiled. An attitude I know I personally need to improve on.
My husband and I have personally made the decision to homeschool our children. I chose the curriculum, My Father’s World. (An amazing Christian based curriculum). This curriculum has fascinating science experiments and history lessons.
Our experiment/history lesson last night was making bread from scratch. As I was teaching my children how to knead dough and keeping track of how long the dough needs to be worked, I got to thinking of how easy we have it now a days.
I explained to my children how pilgrims did not have stores they could go to, to get food. Everything they ate was home made from scratch. They had to go out to the fields and collect the ingredients. My children love McDonald’s and had to ask if there was McDonald’s, with disappointment filling their eyes I told them; “there was no fast food restaurants.”
Convenience… Busy day let’s just get drive thru. I’m feeling too tired to cook, take out. We’re out of bread and milk. Better go to the cow to get some milk; I meant store. We are so blessed, yet still complain, just like the Israelites.
Then all the Israelites left Elim. They reached the western Sinai desert, between Elim and Mount Sinai, on the 15th day of the second month after leaving Egypt. Then the whole community of Israelites began complaining again. They complained to Moses and Aaron in the desert. They said, “It would have been better if the Lord had just killed us in the land of Egypt. At least there we had plenty to eat. We had all the food we needed. But now you have brought us out here into this desert to make us all die from hunger.”Exodus 16:1-3
My children loved kneading the dough. I was surprised by how much work goes into creating the perfect dough. My arms had grown tired and felt like jello.
How often do we treat our relationship with the Lord like a convience item; only praying or reaching out to Him when things go wrong? Just like the bread dough, the more we knead and work on our relationship with the Lord the better the outcome will be.
It is important to not treat our relationship with Him like a quick stop and go. Our relationship with Him is far too important for that. Below I have shared some Bible verses showing the beautiful outcome of a close relationship with God.