It wasn’t a big deal or was it? Moses chose to hit the rock instead of speaking to it as God told him to do. God still gave the people the water that they wanted. But Moses suffered the consequences of his deliberate disregard of the instructions that God had given to him. In those moments Moses learned a huge and unforgettable lesson, I think. It’s too easy to rationalize an inappropriate verbal response or a critical attitude on the basis that it is “just a little thing” or that the other person really deserved it. Dear Lord, please help me to follow your directions carefully.