I took this picture recently while I was on vacation at the beach. My husband and I walked along a pier to watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, and we came across this table near the end of the dock. Seeing the set table in a public area intrigued my imagination. Was the table set up for a reunion or a small wedding party or maybe just for a fun evening with friends? The setting felt peaceful as the sounds of crashing waves rose from beneath the pier. I snapped the picture, and we continued on our walk.
As our sunny beach vacation continued, I found the image of the table kept popping into my thoughts again and again. So, I looked up verses in the Bible that talked about tables to see if God had a message to share with me. The twenty-third Psalm appeared in my research. As I read through the Psalm, I soon found something in the fifth verse. God enabled this connection to be a powerful “ah ha” moment for me as I could now visual a table set for me to bring me peace in a turbulent world.
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
This picture summed up some thoughts for me. God is our preparer. He prepares us for our steps throughout our life. God makes a future for us, here and in heaven with Him. And He prepares a table to refresh us and sustain us during the tough times. As I looked at the photo, I noticed the “Life Ring” hung next to the table. God had provided more imagery on how Christ is our life preserver as well as our preparer. Jesus prepares the table for us and rescues us when needed. And at the end of time, God makes a home for us as shown in John 14:3.
John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Sometimes, I think I am taking a cute picture to preserve a memory, but God decides to use the photo to teach me. Nothing in life happens as coincident, so we always need to listen for that small, still voice and learn from the Master. The picture also has something to offer you. You have the opportunity to join God’s people at the table He has prepared. He will refresh and rescue you, today and every day for all eternity. The table is set and ready for you, so come.
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Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”