Last week we were just thinking about the Fourth of July and now here we are! My weekend didn’t turn out quite as we had planned. It’s disappointing how easily I get out of whack when MY plans don’t work out the way I’d hoped. (Cue the sad violin music) I sigh, (loudly) I boo hoo, (pitifully), I grumble about how it’s not fair, and… I. Feel. Sorry. For. Myself! I am such an Israelite!
The Israelite people were living a life in slavery. Through Moses, God saved them. To do this, they’d walked across the dry bed of the Red Sea, followed a light at night and a cloud in the day to guide them to safety, manna fell from Heaven to satisfy their hunger, and water poured from a rock to quench their thirst. They’d witnessed miracle after miracle, grace after grace, and what did they do in return? Felt. Sorry. For. Themselves. And just like me, they grumbled!
“Moses also said, “you will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” Exodus 16:8 (NIV)
“Grumbling against the Lord”…..Yikes! It’s so easy for me to invite myself to that pity party, dance with my disappointment, and never once think that I’m grumbling against the One who saved ME! The Israelites pity-partied on for way too long and it didn’t turn out so great for them. Pretty sure there’s a lesson here for me! Please tell me, I’m not alone!
It’s time for me to establish a no grumble zone and instead look at all my blessings! So, our weekend didn’t go according to plan…. we still got some jobs done that we’ve been avoiding, had an unexpected visit with our son, daughter-in-love, and granddogs, and have had some much needed down time, too. Manna from Heaven for sure!
Our weather didn’t really cooperate today for our traditional Fourth of July grilled hot dogs either. No worries though, I pulled out my Fancy Hot Dog recipe, instead. Super quick, easy, and the best part? No grumbling! Enjoy!
- 1 package of hotdogs (I've used Oscar Mayer and Ball Park)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 tsp. mustard
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- Cut hotdogs into quarters.
- In a saucepan, combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar.
- Add hotdogs and simmer 15-30 minutes.
- This recipe can be easily doubled and also fixed in a crockpot!