I love it when God reveals Himself in everyday situations.
I have always had a "facination" with ordinary tables. I know, weird. I think it must go back to when I was a kid and I stood at the porch screen to our garage to watch dad work for hours stripping the paint off of an old dining room table. He refinished it to a georgous varnished table we ate at daily in our home. For a long time mom had it covered with a plastic table cloth so my sister and I wouldn't spill anything on it. Dad worked very hard to refinish it and when water gets on wood... it leaves an ugly spot. I eventually talked mom and dad into taking the tablecloth off so we could enjoy the beauty of it. I think that must be when the Holy Spirit placed a desire for tables in my heart... as a young girl.
Remember my post I wrote about the table God sets for us in the midst of our enemies?
God loves tables and He loves to prepare for us. The Holy Spirit recently taught me through Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies, http://www.aboverubies.org/ that God also loves to prepare food for us! Cool huh?! For those of you who know me, you know I have always HATED cooking and preparing food. I'd rather clean up and do dishes than cook. I often see food blogs with all this georgous food... but think, that's not me. It is still not me to prepare fancy foods, but I can at least prepare SIMPLE nutricious food as Christ did to nurish my family's body and spirit.
I love how Nancy describes Jesus on the shore of the sea of Tiberias "PREPARING" a simple nutricious meal for his loved ones:
"As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread."
John 21:9..."Jesus saith unto them,
Come and dine." John 21:12. "Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise." John 21:13.
Jesus goes onto say, "
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?... Feed my lambs...Feed my sheep"
So if I as a wife and mommy love God more than my family... I need to FEED THEM! I need to look at making supper as a ministry to God and to my family, an opportunity to sacrifice my time and self for the Lord.
Nancy also paints a beautiful word picture of the garden of Eden. God came to Adam and Eve "in the cool of the day" Genesis 3:8. I always thought this ment the early morning hours. But as I listened to Nancy and studied the Scripture for myself I find the meaning of the words cool and day.
Cool- wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation
Day- to be hot; a day (as the warm hours); elder, end, evening
Nancy describes this time as supper time. :) A time of the day that things are supose to slow down. Guess what Adam and Eve are doing... they're hiding during the supper hours, (they're "not home")!
"And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?"
Of course God already knew where they were, He just wanted Adam to commune with Him. :) God wanted to join Adam and Eve in the evening hours, during supper time! Nancy explains that Adam and Eve sound a lot like the American family. We are not home during the supper time hours! That's when God wants us to come together as a family and dine or "sup" with Him.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
Sup= to dine, i.e. take the principal (or evening) meal:- sup(x -er)
God wants to have supper with us as a family! Why do we run around from one activity to another in the evening hours eating a fast food meal on the go?! Whenever possible I want to keep our evenings free and dine together at the table, and not in the car!
"...Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb..." Revelation 19:9
God is preparing an evening meal for you... are you ready and available to come and sup with Him?