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.”
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:
- You are incredibly organized and have it all together!
- You are lucky enough to have a separate dining room and everything is on THAT table.
- 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)