I was talking with a friend that has gone through very tough times with her health taken away. She is now in a rehab center waiting to go home.
We have an expression in Swedish—“förut beredda gärningar”—that we use in our prayers asking the Lord to let us walk in paths that have been prepared beforehand. God told Moses that he was sending his Angel before the Israelites as they made their way to the Promised Land.
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared” (Ex 23:20).
As I was praying for my friend that God would guide her and prepare the way, a picture popped in to my mind, based on Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
I’ve never thought very much about this part of the 23rd Psalm. The first verse I’ve prayed at mealtimes most of my life, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”
This time I pictured the most elegant table setting with costly linen and stylish china, candle-light and flowers.
David saw God preparing a table for him in the presence of his enemies. I asked my friend to picture the most beautiful table set for her, because the Lord is going to welcome her home again in style. She longs to go home, and I’m not referring to the final home but just her little abode here on earth.
She has set a date, ten days from now, to leave the rehab center. She needs a miracle for this to happen, so she can stand on her feet and move around as needed.
Will you pray with me for my friend Margaret, that her homecoming will be with a table set for a banquet (figuratively speaking).
The table setting on the picture is from a visit to my friends Gerd and Lennart in Florida. She is an excellent cook and has a knack for making things beautiful. I can imagine her food as the table set before me. I’d give almost anything to go sit at her table but there is a long distance between us.
Is there something that is weighing on your shoulders? You can come to God’s table and be refreshed. Whatever anybody on earth can serve up is nothing compared to the delicacies of God’s table.
Do you need comfort? Do you long for peace and joy? Do you feel a need for rest?
Picture the table and let yourself enjoy the assurance that you’re in God’s hands. You cannot take a step that has not been prepared beforehand, and there is a perfect table setting for you, too.