Reading: Exodus 17:1-7 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: As we continue our look at Day 1’s curriculum for this summer, we look at one of the alternate texts for that day. Massah and Meribah might mean test and quarrel, but to me it sounds like fussing and fighting. It might help if you say the words like a frustrated mother speaking to whiny children: “Quit your fussin’ and fightin’ or you will miss the fun you might be having.”
My brother, sister, and I are not very far apart in age and we didn’t usually quarrel or test our parents too much (in our angelic opinion), but I am sure that we did on long trips. I am sure then it got worse than the usual, “are we there yet?!” One time we were arguing about something until my mom said something like, “you are arguing so much that you are missing all the interesting things we are passing right outside your window.”
What the people of God were doing was even worse—they were complaining to Moses about God as if God wasn’t around. We should never be so silly to think that God isn’t anywhere. God is everywhere. They were complaining that God didn’t care about them and provide for them. We should never be so silly to think that God doesn’t love us and can’t rescue us from any dry or dusty problem. --Andrew Fitch