Are We Hearing God’s Message

I took the above picture while I was on vacation at the beach. My husband and I walked along a pier. The sun sank low over the Pacific Ocean. We walked past this table near the end of the dock. Why was this table set in a public area? I rubbed my head. Was the table set up for a reunion or a small wedding party or maybe just for a fun evening with friends? Gulls squawked in the dimming light. Waves crashed against the posts beneath the pier. Did this scene declare God’s message of love? I snapped the picture in hopes of capturing the moment.

God’s Message

As our sunny beach vacation continued, I found the image of the table kept popping into my thoughts again and again. Still, I wondered if this was God’s message to me? So, I looked up some verses in the Bible that talked about tables to see what God had 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.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Psalm 23:5
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This picture caused me to pause and consider how God prepares the way for me. He directs our steps throughout this 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 sets 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.

Looking for the Message

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. God’s messages are everywhere, but we must be aware to look for them. We have the opportunity to join God’s people at the table He has prepared. He will refresh and rescue us, today and every day for all eternity. The table is set and ready for each of us, so come.

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.

John 14:3


Yvonne M Morgan, #Blogger, #Speaker, #Writer

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25 thoughts on “Are We Hearing God’s Message

  1. I love that verse. It speaks of such intimacy, of a desire to simply be in relationship with us, to spend time with us… God is amazing that He would want to spend time with “little old us!”

  2. Candice Brown

    Such a simple, refreshing message: my God wants to sup with me! I’m worth his time. Beautiful. I am not normally a visually-minded
    individual but will look for his presence anew today– starting with the upcoming sunrise.

  3. Such a lovely photo and an ever more beautiful message! It is a joy when the Holy Spirit takes a passing moment, like you noticing the table at the beach, and goes ever deeper blessing us with the knowledge, word and presence of Christ. Thank you for sharing this sacred moment!

  4. Yvonne, what a great post. Psalm 23 is one of my favorites! The photo along with the imagery you paint of God preparing a table for us made my spirit soar! To think that no matter what spiritual warfare we face, God’s table is set and ready for us. And on top of all that, He anoints our head and overflows our cup! It’s something to shout about!

  5. Jessica Brodie

    I love that you snapped the picture. I, too, snap pictures when I feel the nudge and often later see in the image what God is trying to say to me. Beautifully said! Thanks!

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