Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psalms 23:5 (KJV)
I want to tell you a story… a true life story!
The beautiful morning complemented my hope of having a sweet and productive day. I was resuming at a new job and I was hoping for the best.
Upon my resumption at work, I was assigned some tasks which entailed producing some presentation drawings ASAP for a proposal with an approaching deadline. I wasn’t so bothered, I knew it is not beyond me and I was super ready to impress , you know – it’s my first task for/in the firm.
For some reasons however, I had to use my personal laptop which I plugged in and set to work.
Everything was going on fast and fine until I heard a sound “Kpa!” and my laptop screen dimmed. My charger stopped working and when I unplugged it, I discovered that it was emitting a foul smell. As in eh –the charger just blow!
I was destabilized!
I didn’t have much money on me that day to purchase a new charger, the task at hand -my first for the firm- with a looming deadline would suffer setback, I might have to start from scratch on a different computer!
…Okay, I am not usually superstitious, but I tell you, on that day, I started wondering if taking up the job was a mistake in the first place.
Long story short, I called my boss to inform him that I would not be able to meet up with the deadline because of the charger problem. I was thinking we’ll probably start talking about getting another computer to finish the drawings but instead he bought me a new charger. Yeah! Not on loan, not IOU! Absolutely FOC! As in Free Of Charge!
Strange?!… And Hard to believe, right? What kinda boss does that?…but it is true!
Later that day, when Uchechi asked me how my day at work went, I started ranting about how horrible it had been. How my charger chose that day of all days to get spoilt and how it delayed me and killed my morale. When I got to the part where my boss bought me a new charger she replied, “… see God at work”.
Then I paused to think!
Till date, She has no idea the kind of impact that her simple comment had on me. It hit me real hard!
That simple phrase made me realize how dumb I have been. Instead of thanking God for buying me a new charger on my first day and Free Of Charge oo , I was lamenting about the charger slowing me down, I was acting ominous and all. If the charger blew while I was at home, no one else would pay for it but me. I might even have to borrow money to buy one.
Prepared in front of me was a beautiful table, and instead of settling down to enjoy it, I was looking at the enemies! Instead of me thanking God for the New Job packed with a free charger on top -like a creamy ice topping on a cake, I was lamenting and thinking pessimistically!
And as if God was further correcting me, E. Adams Wright published a post on her Word… Breathed Blog. She wrote this lovely post about Noticing the Table!
There, I learnt a lesson from the life of David, the writer of Psalms 23.
According to E. Adams Wright “He (David) was not hoping to see God’s goodness while still on earth. He was certain he would see God’s goodness. His certainty was not based on his perception that he deserved the goodness of God but on his knowledge that GOD IS GOOD! (all the time) .
Now, You know David was a man after God’s heart, right?. OK! so when David was penning the words of that psalm, I can try to guess his position. He knew there were enemies around but he also didn’t forget that he has a God!
Many times we focus too much on the enemies present at the table that we fail/forget to give thanks to God and enjoy the sumptuous delicacy He has prepared on the table.
Here is how Adam Clarke puts it in his commentary on Psalms 23: 5:- A magnificent banquet is provided by a most liberal and benevolent host; who has not only the bounty to feed me, but power to protect me; and, though surrounded by enemies, I sit down to this table with confidence, knowing that I shall feast in perfect security.
For everyone reading this, please appreciate God for His finger and I bet you’ll see his hand in more areas of your life. Take time to NOTICE THE TABLE!
If He set a table before you in the presence of your enemies, He is able to keep those enemies at bay. As for me I have chosen to thank God for the table and enjoy it whilst the enemies do what toothless bulldogs do.
He loves you, He loves me, He loves us and His thoughts towards us are always goood! I tell you!