Clean Air For Sale

This is not an April’s Fool joke.

Local villagers at the scenic Lianshan mountain in the northern part of China’s Guangdong province are selling them.

A large plastic bag of clean mountain air can cost 30 rmb (S$6) or 2 bowls of Mee Pok Noodles, which will take you longer to eat than the intake of a bag of air. And the business of selling clean air is thriving as air quality in major cities is listed as “unhealthy.”

This recent report is a stark reminder not to take things for granted.

We take for granted our air will always be clean but the frequent haze and PSI readings tell us otherwise.

We take for granted clean water is easily available but the extremely low water level from our key supply source might change that common assumption.

We take for granted our food source will always be clean but respected products have been taken off the shelves of our supermarkets.

We take for granted government will always be clean but allegations and impeachments abound these days.

We take for granted relationship in marriage and family till they drift apart through frequent neglect and careless disregard.

We take for granted having a clean bill of health but advancing years reveal unwelcomed realities.

The point is don’t take your blessings for granted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night.

But the stars come out every night and we take them for granted. We don’t bother to look at them anymore. Instead we look at our iPhones, iPads and TV screens.

Just so the Israelites in the wilderness took their blessings of heavenly manna for granted. They became so accustomed to the daily miracle of God’s provision that they are no longer excited about it.

Instead of thanking God for what they have, they were complaining, “there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” (Numbers 11:6)

Don’t take your manna for granted.

Take a deep breath and thank God for clean air.

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