No Shortage
by PamFord Davis
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How could such a scant amount satisfy hearty men’s appetites?

I pity the poor drovers of cattle and men leading wagon trains. I don’t blame the cooks.

Take old Charlie Wooster on Wagon Train. He had a heart of gold and the patience of Job. Charlie frequently made do with meager supplies. Yet, he dished out meals to grumpy Major Seth Adams, Flint Mc McCullough, Bill Hawks and Cooper Smith.

Very small servings of beans were spooned into tin plates. That does not set right with me. The men worked from can-to-can’t and needed hearty meals. Was it really like that back in the days of the west? I wonder.

Sometimes, a little may be more than enough…

“When the layer of dew evaporated, there were fine flakes on the desert surface, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they asked one another, ‘What is it?’ because they didn’t know what it was.

Moses told them, ‘It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each person needs to eat. You may take two quarts per individual, according to the number of people each of you has in his tent.’

So the Israelites did this. Some gathered a lot, some a little. When they measured it by quarts, the person who gathered a lot had no surplus, and the person who gathered a little had no shortage. Each gathered as much as he needed to eat. Moses said to them, ‘No one is to let any of it remain until morning.’ But they didn’t listen to Moses; some people left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and smelled. Therefore Moses was angry with them (Exodus 16:14-20 HCSB).”

Wing His Words
Pam Ford Davis