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Something thrown in at the end of sermon on Sunday has stuck with me and has been rolling around in my head. It is in that wonder Psalm 23 and it is part that if I had a choice I might edit out!
You know that Psalm
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
It is verse 5 that has been stuck in my head. For my own comfort I would much prefer that it read ‘You prepare a table before me in the absence of my enemies’. I would so much prefer if God would wipe out the things that bring me pain in this world – whether it be people or my sinful habits and struggles. But He does not offer to do that. He offers to make me comfortable enough in the presence of my enemies that I can stomach a meal!
Too often I want all or nothing solutions – I want God to take away my troubles and struggles. But instead He offers to be with me in the midst of them.
It got me to thinking how many God prepared meals or blessings have I missed out on as I wait for things to be perfect and fixed?