Friday, March 27, 2020

FMF: Adjust

"The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, 'If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.' " (Exodus 16:1-3, NIV)

The Israelites were God's chosen people, and yet they found themselves in the dessert, the last place they expected. They did not adjust well.  They had fled Egypt under Moses' guidance, looking for a land promised to them by God. It was a place where they would have religious freedom, and they would establish a land that was ruled by God.

Things did not go as they planned, and the Bible says the "grumbled." I love this word.  It reminds me of Grumpy Old Men. Those guys grumbled.

If I'm being honest, sometimes I grumble. As if I suddenly opened my eyes, I see that my life is not where I thought it would be.  I'm stuck in the sand instead of the promised land.  I look back at the way things used to be, and I long for the days of slavery instead of the freedom I have through Christ.

No, things are not always what we expect. However, when we seek God, we are equipped to make the adjustments needed.  Without Him, we are are just grumpy grumblers.

This post is a prompt from Five Minute Friday and was written in approximately five minutes. For more information, visit


  1. All the things you thought before
    just faded into grey,
    and you know not what's in store
    upon this fateful day.
    It started softly as a dream,
    it started off so well,
    but sky's gone black and now it seems
    like some Picasso hell.
    The world abroad does not care diddly
    about what you had planned,
    and now, as Latimer told Ridley,
    it's time to play the man.
    Stay frosty, ready, able, willing
    'till you know Elvis has left the building.

  2. Love it! When are eyes are fixed on God, we will be more grateful and less grumpy.

  3. it's so easy isn't it? to look and see the past instead of seeing the blessings of the present. :) visiting from FMF 31 today.

  4. Excellent thoughts. DOn't ge a grumpy grumbler.