I tweeted this photo yesterday (taken from my BlackBerry), with this caption, “Let this be an everlasting reminder of the day my kitchen table was empty.”

Empty Table

I thought it was kind of funny, since my kitchen table is usually filled with craft items, fabric for my 6yo to create Doll Fashions, mail, homework, and sometimes plates from the last meal (GASP!).

But then I got to thinking. Scary, I know. Sometimes an empty table is not a good thing. Your table may be empty because:

  1. You are incredibly organized and have it all together!
  2. You are lucky enough to have a separate dining room and everything is on THAT table.
  3. There’s no one else there to join in the mess making.

Now, as rare as it may be, I enjoy a clean table.  But given the choice? I’d rather have the mess than option number 3.

If your table is empty (in real life or figuratively), there is One who will accept you. And often, as you come to His table and learn from Him… Your real life table will begin to joyfully fill up with fellowship and love.

“Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

16Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18″But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19″Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20″Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21″The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

22″ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23″Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and let them come in, so that my house will be full. 24I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ ”

Luke 14: 15-24 (emphasis mine)

What about you? What does the concept of an empty table mean to you? (It doesn’t have to relate to mine- could be anything)

15 Thoughts to “The Empty Table”

  1. Wonderful thoughts, Sarah.

    To me, the person who has an empty table is one who doesn’t get any snail mail, because that is what is usually covering any flat surface in our house! But seriously, I agree with you that I would rather have the mess than option #3. My home may be cluttered, but it is a HOME, where my family lives. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
    .-= Heather @ Not a DIY Life´s last blog ..Mamamvation Week #10 =-.

    1. I can so relate on the mail thing! It sure does pile up!

  2. Coma Girl

    I have a touch of OCD. An empty table means that my my daughter did some crafts (with tons of newspaper laying on the table) and I cleaned up 13 seconds after she was finished. Same with any meals.

    It’s a sickness. But I will admit that my laundry/storage room is a MESS!

    Congrats on your clean table 🙂

    1. That is so funny! Sometimes I wish I was OCD… just a little, so stuff would get done 🙂

      You would NOT want to see my laundry/utility room right now, either!

  3. Cindy

    My table is always full of something! I don’t even try to get it empty, anymore, except after everyone is in bed. It’s where we do everything from eating, to school work, to socializing. An empty table means someone is sick or we’re away from home.
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Yoplait Greek Yogurt Giveaway =-.

  4. Cindy

    Gah. Inappropriate commas. Hate that!
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Yoplait Greek Yogurt Giveaway =-.

  5. Anyone who has an empty table has their life way more together than I have mine! Our table is constantly multitasking…meals, homeschool, art projects, etc. I feel like I’m always clearing it off to put something else on it.

    The one thing I don’t put on my table is junk mail. That sits on top of my girls’ play kitchen on the other side of the room. 🙂
    .-= Erin @ Closing Time´s last blog ..Happy Birthday, Sandra! =-.

    1. HAha! I was think I was jealous you didn’t have junk mail, then I read the rest!

  6. I am so like you when it comes to this! On my table right now is my purse, school pictures, a bunch of papers the kids were coloring on, markers and pencils everywhere, coloring books, a bowl and two cups I have not put away yet. Oh and my calendar that I must update today! Yea we are definitely lived in and I am absolutely not organized! LOL. But I am like you and would rather have the mess than not have the mess! Amen! 🙂
    .-= Chele´s last blog ..12 Days of Easter =-.

    1. Oh and I do have junk mail sitting beside me right now by my desk… it’s piling up! Just not on the table!
      .-= Chele´s last blog ..12 Days of Easter =-.

    2. OK, I think yours is slightly worse than mine… 😉

  7. Amy G

    My table is cleared off now because I follow Fly Lady on flylady.net and I clear my “hot spots” otherwise they take over.

  8. Amy

    the first thing that comes to my mind is the song “empty chairs at empty tables”- That being said, an empty table at my house means i’m in a good, organized on top of it place in my life. empty chairs are what make me sad. whether the chairs are empty because a family member has passed on, or because the chair belongs to a struggling teenager, or simply a sign that the family is too busy to share a meal together.- those are what make me sad.

    right now- my kitchen table is a fort- covered with blankets and there are pillows and more blankets under it. there’s also a small projector and a dvd player so the kids can watch a movie in their fort.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..In 1988, I was like every other teenage girl… =-.

  9. Jenn Calling Home

    I prefer a full table, because I know the days are coming (soon) when they will be empty. For now, my dining table takes the hit, usually with one or two laptops open and a pile of papers (i.e., tax stuff at the moment, yuck!). We try to keep the kitchen table free and clear, however.
    .-= Jenn Calling Home´s last blog ..Much Ado About Hair Coloring and Artisan Bread =-.

  10. I’m with you my table is RARELY ever clean!
    .-= Alyssa´s last blog ..Committing to Pray for Him =-.

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