Chiapas Mission Trip – Day 7

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5 ESV)

It is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. So it is fitting that we talk about the Lord’s table today. We had the opportunity to take the children to the zoo this morning. It has been 2 years since they have been visited by a missionary team or even set foot outside the orphanage. So it felt even more special. We each held hands of two children when we ventured through the park. In years past, they would let go and run off to the exhibits. But this time was different. They took their time at each sight, taking in the splendor of God’s creation and enjoying every minute of our company. Because the zoo was built on a hillside, it was an uphill climb all the way to the end. So when it was time to exit, the downhill grade provided us with speed and relief. We ended the tour with a drink and snack for each child, a treat that they always enjoyed especially after a long hike in the zoo. As tired as we all were, everyone was still smiling and laughing because we just had a great adventure. It was time to go home and talk about the Lord’s table.

Jesus prepares a seat for you at his table. On the table is a banquet of food so delicious and rich that once you taste it, you will never want to go back to the bland, flavorless food that you have know your entire life. The food I am referring to are the spiritual blessings that the Lord gives us: salvation, peace, goodness, freedom, joy, forgiveness, grace, and eternal life.

As our Host, he works diligently so that you are served in your time of need. Notice that he sets a table in the presence your enemies: fear, hatred, disease, oppression, depression, etc. That reservation was meant only for you, yet somehow we allowed an unwelcome guest to tag along. But not to worry, they can all be banished with just one command once we have taken our seat.

Sharing this meal with Jesus is quite the honor because we can have open and honest discussions with him. He is not ashamed of you, nor does he despise your imperfection. He knows what you have been through and wants to bring you into complete restoration. It all begins with being close to him. So take your seat at the table and feast on the blessings he has set before you. Absorb the words that he shares with you through Scripture and allow your heart to be softened by his love. He will mend whatever is broken and encourage you when you have little hope for a victory.

“…he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great. May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalm 115:13-15).