“You cannot eat the same thing again and again!”
This was a statement said by my former boss, after I asked him why he was only having coffee and tea for lunch.
To give a background, our canteen literally serves the same menu every week. More like your hard-coded millitary serving. As we are located in a remote area, we do not have much options aside from the fast food delivery.
I thought to myself “So would you rather starve than eat the same stuff?”
It reminded me of the manna and quail story. Those days when the Israelites wandered in the desert, and were fed with manna everyday. They got tired of it and complained, so the Lord sent quails.
This doesn’t mean the Lord is your typical genie who would just grant every wish. If we read carefully, their grumbling reaped a consequence. A plague fell over the people as they ate the quails.
By complaining, it was a rejection of God’s provisions, and the bondage from which they had been rescued. This attitude displeased God, and He brought judgment upon them as a disciplinary act.
It’s very easy to say, oh those Israelites were so stubborn and ‘pabebe’. But come to think about it. There are so many things we complain about, from the scent of the air in public transport (fragrance it is), to the person at work who talks non-stop in that annoying tone.
Would it be easier to make a list of complaints rather than a list of things we are thankful for? 🙂
Recall those days when you prayed to be where you are right now. Remember the times when you cried out to God and he answered.
How did it feel?
It takes effort to remain grateful. That’s why we are always reminded to give thanks. We do not need to be reminded to complain or grumble (haha)!
With all that being said, now peel off the onion skin (balat sibuyas) and strip off the victim mentality. Let’s get this on! Fighting!