Presentation – it can make all the difference. When preparing a dish, a chef knows taste is essential but his presentation is often just as important. Just the right swirl of this, the extra dusting of that or even the perfect piece of green makes a good dish better – and a great dish perfect! Especially if that decorative swirl is of the chocolate variety:)
I am not a chef. I’m actually a very basic cook and my plates are usually not dusted or swirled; however, I do love to create a pretty table. Perhaps that is my presentation…and my sweet Tyler enjoyed this as much as I do. He loved to set the table on any night but birthdays, anniversaries or holidays were his time to shine. Placemats, chargers, plenty of silver and fancy goblets all made him happy and that child made napkin folding an artform! Be still, my heart. Preparing the table, for that youngest son of mine, was a labor of joy and expressed love to all those who were invited and gathered around for the meal.
In much the same way, David reminds us in the psalms that God has prepared a table for us. He not only provides for us but He invites us to come and partake. And He does so “in the presence of our enemies.” No matter what threatens us, stresses or burdens us, we can still come to the table – generously and loving prepared – and be refreshed. Strengthen and renewed.
That is a great encouragement as we labor here below. And, I think, just a glimpse of the grand reunion coming and the great feast we will enjoy together one day in Heaven. Be encouraged!
Psalm 23:5 “Thous preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”