~ Exodus 16:4, 6-7, 13-15 (ESV)
Great Harvest makes all of their baked goods fresh everyday. They will sell it for the next day, too (continuing to make more fresh goods), and after that, it cannot be sold. Manna. Fresh each day. And no matter how much they make each day, the goal is that there will not be leftovers beyond when they can sell it because, well, that would all go to "waste," at least profit-wise. Everyday, Great Harvest makes an omer (Exodus 16:16) of bread - whether a lot or a little, it is always enough.
I have spent a lot of time in Exodus 16 over the years, considering manna and the 11 day journey that took the Israelites 40 years. I also have studied it in consideration to the importance of it in the Lord's Prayer, of asking for our 'daily bread' or our daily manna (Matthew 6:11). But as I spend time working in a bakery around fresh bread, the concept arises once again. I'm learning how to receive my daily bread from Him. Not literally. But in a very real life sort of way. Without a 5 year plan drawn up and nicely diagrammed before me, I am learning what it means to each day sit before Him and ask, "What is it? What is it that you have for me today? What is it that You want me to do or say or wear or hear or....?" The thought of manna is being transformed in me, from manna being a concept of Him filling me spiritually, emotionally, and physically each day with 'whatever' I need to waiting on the Lord and asking, "What is it that you have for me, today? Just today."
I am reminded of the commissioning or calling of some incredible children of God throughout Scripture asking or stating a similar response to the Lord's presence:
~ Exodus 3:4
"The LORD came and stood there, calling as at other times, 'Samuel! Samuel!'
Then Samuel said, 'Speak, for your servant is listening.'"
~ 1 Samuel 3:10
"And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here am I! Send me.'"
~ Isaiah 6:8
"And he came to her and said, 'Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!' But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.' ... And Mary said, 'Behold, I am a servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.'"
~ Luke 1:28-33, 38
"'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.' At once they left their nets and followed him."
~ Matthew 4:19
Manna isn't just food, as I am learning. It is marching orders. It is the question of a heart fully surrendered to the Lord, asking what it can do and signing the blank check for the Lord - no matter the request, no matter the timing, no matter the cost.