Encouragement for Today - Aug. 18, 2009


August 18, 2009


Meet Me at the Table

Sharon Sloan, She Speaks! Graduate

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:5-6 (NIV)          


For the past two summers we have rented a house at the Jersey shore from some friends.  As I was packing for our beach vacation this summer, I silently prayed to the Lord and shared a wish with him.  "Lord, I'd really like to have a special place to have my morning quiet time with You at the shore house this year. You know how I like to spread out a little for my quiet time and study time. Last summer at the shore, I used the kitchen table every day, which was dandy. Yet it would be wonderful to have a special little spot where I can spread my Bible, books and journals out, and not have to put everything away when I am done every morning. Just a little wish, Lord. Thanks."

When we arrived at the shore house, my husband Jim took the first of many heavy loads up to the house while I was organizing our children and gathering as many things in my mommy-octopus arms as I could carry. When Jim came back down he enthusiastically said, "Honey, there is a new little table in the family room that is perfect for morning quiet times." I had not even shared my prayer with Jim at that point, but he was excited about the table and knew it would be a perfect spot for devotions.  Wow, Lord, thank you! I was so thankful to the Lord for remembering my prayer.  The surprise addition of this furniture at the shore house was a treasured spot for me to meet with and seek the Lord each day.

A few days later, I called my sweet girlfriend who owns the house to see how she was feeling as she had been ill.  Toward the end of our phone conversation, I told her, "By the way, we love the table you put in the living area of the house. It's perfect for morning quiet time with the Lord!"


"What table?" My friend asked.


"You know, the little table between the fire place and the front door.  It’s just perfect for devotions and studying."


"We didn't put a table there."


"Yes, you did."


"No, we didn't.”  She paused momentarily and then told me to hold on. Then she called to her tween daughter to inquire. Her daughter said "no," they didn’t.


I took a picture of the table with my cell phone and texted it to my friend.  Her reply: She had never seen the table before. She double-checked with her husband and a handful of people who have key access to their shore home. Nothing. Nobody knew about the table or how it got there.


But we knew.

God remembered my prayer.


The Master Carpenter prepared a table for me. He met me there. He encouraged and blessed my heart remarkably. He spoke His love and acceptance to my heart in a way I will always remember. He made my cup overflow. His goodness and love are following me, and I am so thankful and humbled.  I prayed, saw His answer and responded with joyful thanks.

Before we left the shore house at the end of our week's vacation, I stood at the table with my hands on it. I prayed for all the people who had sat there before me and for those who will sit there in the future. I prayed they would meet with God there, that it would be a special place for them as well. I prayed also they would inquire of Him, be watchful for His answers and give Him joyous thanksgiving.

Ask Him to meet you. He will. The table is set. Join the Master Carpenter in conversations He has planned for your heart.


Dear Lord, I pray for a generous portion of You.  Open my eyes that I may see Your detailed answers to my prayers.  Give me a heart that watches in expectation of Your miracles and gives great thanks to You.  May my heart’s greatest desire be to meet with You daily.  As the worship song says, ‘May my life be one unbroken gaze, fixed upon the beauty of Your face.’  Oh, Lord, may that be my life’s passion!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Related Resources:

Do You Know Him?


Come Along: The Journey into a More Intimate Faith by Jane Rubietta

10 Minutes a Day with Jesus: Growing in Your Love for the Savior Jim Reapsome

Application Steps: 

Choose a special spot to meet with and seek God daily in His Word.


Pray for His will and watch in expectation for His answers.   Keep a prayer journal and be sure to record His responses and provisions.



Am I allowing God to mold the desires of my heart according to His will and purpose?


Have I asked God for a greater portion of Himself in my life?


Am I watchful and thankful?


Power Verses:

Colossians 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (NIV)


Isaiah 30:18, “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!”  (NIV)


Mark 6:2-3, “’Where did this Man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What's this wisdom that has been given Him, that He even does miracles! Isn't this the carpenter?” (NIV)



© 2009 by Sharon Sloan. All rights reserved.


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Originally published Tuesday, 18 August 2009.