Every so often I see a commercial on the television that will glorify the past. For instance, remember that girl that everyone ignored in high school? Now it’s time for the 20-year reunion and she is knock-out gorgeous and drives up in an expensive sports car. If only we had known how people are going to turn out!
Did you ever wonder why people even go to their high school reunion? Memories of the good old days can keep people from moving on into reality, like that football star who was so popular back then, having all the looks but is now out of shape, overweight and in a dead-end job. Perhaps they go to get a few strokes from people who idolized them decades ago. Some may want to try and rekindle relationships, recognizing the real life regret over their life direction. Or maybe there are some people who desire to show off their accomplishments to prove they made something of themselves.
Why would anyone want to relive those high school days? Have we not already kept up with those whom we desired to maintain a relationship? I’ve never been to a reunion but I can imagine that the memories of high school are much better than the reality of high school.
How about a biblical example?
“We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!” (Numbers 11:5-6)
Everything is much better in our memories. That’s the case with the Israelites as they were wandering in the desert, they were remembering the foods they used to eat. Remember, this manna is the food that is keeping these people alive! Never mind that they were slaves back in Egypt! God provided a daily miracle for them and this is the thanks they give.
What miracle is God providing for you that you’ve overlooked? Let’s learn from these ungrateful Israelites and thank our God for his provision with a grateful heart!