Tuesday, March 17, 2020
A Table Prepared
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The squirrels in our neighborhood love the seed that we spread faithfully on the ground for them when we fill the bird feeders. But there is another delicacy they frequently enjoy. Pine cones!
We discover these remains on our deck. The squirrels partake of the seeds while perched in the branches above us, discarding the inedible portions with regularity.
But one of our squirrels goes rogue! Remember this stump from the dead pine we have removed several months ago?
This jaunty fellow has decided that it makes the perfect table for his pine cone feast.
What a sight to see, and what a mess he makes!
But what strikes me the most is that this squirrel, instead of sheltering in the relative safety of a tree limb, chooses to be right out in the open and solitary - an all too easy target for a lurking hawk or prowling cat.
Seemingly, he feasts, completely at ease, in the presence of his enemies, assured that goodness and mercy will follow him all of his days.
May we all trust that, even in the midst of the dangers and uncertainties that currently surround us, our Father prepares a table for us, and bids us to come and partake of His love and grace, to dwell in His house forever.
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