In Exodus 16 God provided the Israelites food that fell from heaven which was called “Manna.” Every morning the Israelites would gather this food so that they had enough to eat for the day.
Basically, this is a story about how God provides, not just for our needs, but our wants. Israelites need God, is depending on God to provide them sustenance, especially when they need it the most. So why am I telling you all this right now?
Well, because I find this story to be oddly comparative to what I am seeing in my backyard, every night… especially when it rains. The entire backyard is full of giant nightcrawler earthworms. I am not kidding, the picture I posted is of one nightcrawler out of the thousands.
I learned why they are called nightcrawlers because you only see them at night, never in the morning and also that they crawl, and also, never knew that worms can move that dang fast. They are really fast and once you shine a light on them, they zip out of there and into the ground they disappear.
I feel like this is a sign from God, or maybe more so a sign of love from God.
I am a huge fishing nerd, and I love fishing. I normally use artificial baits, but honestly, I won’t pass up free live bait either! I mean…. My entire backyard is in abundance of live big nightcrawlers, the perfect fishing bait. Everything eats nightcrawlers, bass, bluegills, crappie, perch, catfish, trout, and carp. Every night, I have the opportunity to gather free bait.
This is a sign that God provides… for me… and my fishing needs. It is a sign of God’s love, just as God loved the Israelites and gave them manna, God loves me and gives me nightcrawlers. Now God has provided fishing bait for not just myself, but more importantly my children, who love to go fishing, but aren’t quite ready to use artificial lures. So, instead of paying $5.00 or $8.00 for nightcrawlers, I have an abundance to pick in my backyard.
Now, remember though that in Exodus 16 the Israelites were to only collect enough manna for them to eat for the day. They were instructed not to save any for the next day, maybe in a way God is teaching them to only trust in Him. Now, at the same time… I have been instructed as well not to “save up” on the nightcrawlers and store them in the house… for my wife will be disappointed. I guess she doesn’t want to open up the refrigerator and see a bunch of nightcrawlers…. I get it. So that means I must only take the worms when I know I am going fishing the following day and only take what I need.
Whoever says that the stories in the bible are not real or relevant isn’t paying attention to what happens in everyday life!
What I am saying is, I think my nightcrawler situation proves the Exodus 16 story and proves God love and care for us. Also, new perks for Ward Ave Presbyterian members. Full access to the backyard in the evenings and night to get unlimited nightcrawlers. It’s good to be close to God isn’t it?
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).