I now think that the Bible is a parenting guide of what to expect with your children. In Exodus 16, God must find a way to please the grumbling Israelites. Apparently, they are not happy that they are free from the clutches of Egypt. They are now in the wilderness, and they do not like what they are eating. They wished that they were back in Egypt eating meat from bowls in the ground. So as unreasonable as the Israelites may sound, God is gracious and gives them enough food for the day, and evening.
But some Israelites did not heed the commands of God to not take more food than what is needed for the day. Basically, don’t try to save food for the next day, because the next day there will be more food. So, when the Israelites tried to “save” the food. They find out the next day that it is covered in maggots and has a bad odor.
Like my children, who don’t heed my commands, they had fallen into the personalities of the Israelites in Exodus 16. They are unhappy with the breakfast that was provided for them yesterday. So, I had to ask them what they want. I get some odd requests. Norah wants to have cereal but with no milk. And Ben wants to have milk in a cereal bowl but no cereal. Together, they would have proper cereal. Ok, whatever makes them happy, I guess!
Throughout the day it is constantly hearing the grumbles of my children how there is nothing to eat and that they are hungry. Anything we try to make, they are unsatisfied. But finally, found food that they are willing to eat. Noodles, and a ton of them. But I tell them that not to bring the food into the living room. They must finish the food at the dining room table. Eat until you are full, and don’t worry about the rest. Just don’t try to save it, which my son has a habit in doing, by hiding food in an unknown location and eat later. But I tell them don’t do that! These were my commands. They failed to follow the instructions.
So, food was brought into the living room, food was left in places hidden from my eyes when cleaning up for the evening. And low and behold, what has appeared in the morning? Ants. An army of ants. Nice.
So, yeah… the Bible may not give you all the answers to raise children, but it sure will let you know what you can expect from raising children. I will start calling Ben and Norah, the Tribe of Benjamin and Norah (they are now one entity). Now I am looking in the Bible how God got rid of the maggots in Exodus 16, which is nowhere to be found. I think God’s solution was for the Israelites to continue wandering in the wilderness, just keep moving locations to get away from the maggots. Well, I can’t move into a different house, but I will take the kids out into the wilderness (outside) and let them wander. I just hope they don’t think anything they find on the ground is food from heaven. I’ll worry about the ants when we return from the wilderness. This is the day the Lord has made…. Lol…
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