Are You Prepared?

put the yummy lasagna dinner in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes. Family dinner at my house is awesome interesting! As with any family, we have a couple picky eaters. It seems like there is always at least one person not happy with what we’re having for dinner, but lasagna with hot Italian sausage is one of those meals EVERYONE loves! So, it always feels good knowing my men are going to really enjoy dinner!

“Boys, please come set the table. Dinner will be ready in 30 minutes.”

“Okay, Mom. Be right there!”

I checked a few emails, texted my sister, and then I went to check on dinner. The table was still not set.

 

“Boys, I said, ‘Come set the table!’ Dinner is almost ready.”

“Okay, Mom! We just want to finish this level in our game!”

{The words every parent longs to hear! NOT!}

The timer goes off…beep, beep, beep!

“Boys, DINNER IS READY! Come set the table, NOW!”

Then I heard the Holy Spirit say to MY spirit,

“Wouldn’t it be tragic if the feast was all prepared, but your table was not set?”

I knew immediately God was speaking to MY heart! I love it when He does. He is always wanting to be with me, talk to me, and share Himself with me. But I’m not always prepared for that–my table is not always set.

There are a few ways we can set our table in preparation for a time of fellowship with Him:

  1. Come hungry! So often I am already “full” to the point that I am not hungry for the things of God. I become full in my day-to-day busyness, and I can also be full when my mind is set on the things of the flesh and the world. When I’m full, I don’t have an appetite for the food God provides.
  2. Wash your hands! Confess any known sin. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and to show you any areas that are not pleasing to Him–any hidden sin. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-34 NIV). If He spotlights something, acknowledge it, repent and ask His forgiveness.
  3. Set the table! Make sure everything you need to enjoy your time with Him is available. I like to have my Bible, a notebook/journal and a pen. Anticipate lots of back-and-forth communication with Him as you spend time together. It makes me so sad when I see a married couple at a restaurant in their own worlds. They don’t have anything to talk about. There’s no communication. Not every conversation with the Lord is going to sizzle or be revolutionary, but communication is key to any relationship. Being available is huge. When the time comes for Him to share His heart with you, you will recognize His voice.
  4. Don’t complain about the “food” He gives you! It is selfish and rude to complain about the food someone made for you. God takes us believing what He said He would do, thankfulness for His provision, and humility in receiving very seriously. The Israelites questioned God’s heart toward them and didn’t believe He would do what He said He would do. (See Exodus 14:11 NIV.) The Israelites complained about the manna in the wilderness and thousands of them died. (See Numbers 11.)
  5. Be thankful! I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Jesus placed a high value and significance in sharing a meal with someone. Thoughts were exchanged. Encouragement was given. Instructions were delineated. Value was expressed. Covenants were ratified. All during the course of a meal. Sharing a meal brings people together!

The Bible also says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8).

Bon appetit!

2 Replies to “Are You Prepared?”

  1. So glad to know that this happens in other homes as well. 🙂 How sweet of God to use this everyday annoyance to speak a word into your spirit. Thank you for passing along the message. I pray I’m available, taking time to prepare my environment and my heart so I can hear His voice. Lovely message, Julie. Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity. ((hug))

    1. He is speaking to us all the time–if we will just take the time to listen. You are such an encourager, Brenda! Thank you for being you!

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