And the next morning the area round the camp was wet with dew. When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground... And Moses told them, “It is the food the Lord has given you to eat”. (Exodus 16:13 -15)
The dew often speaks of the Holy Spirit. And here, His coming is quiet and unseen. There is a line in a hymn which says
Drop thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease
and I think there is much to learn in this. It is not learned quickly; it takes time.
We need to learn to be still in the presence of God and to let the clamour of all the voices in our mind die down. When we do that, our spirits can become wet with the dew of His presence and we are refreshed. At the end of a day we can be distracted by many thoughts, we can be tired, we can be discouraged - we need the quiet coming of the Spirit to refresh our souls.
And when we have stilled our souls in this way and the dew evaporates - there is manna from heaven. Sometimes it’s a verse of scripture that is quickened for us, sometimes it is the drawing near of the bread of heaven Himself - the Lord Jesus - and we feed on Him. The manna was white and it was round, speaking of the purity and perfection of Christ. And it was there every morning.
Christ is so near, so accessible if we will quieten all the noise around us and within us, if we will silence the things of earth that absorb us more than they should and feed on the One who is the Living Bread, brought to us by the dew of heaven.
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