by Chris Manion
You prepare a table before me…. Psalm 23:5 KJV
My 2-year-old grandson sets a tea party for his kitties every day before naptime. He slowly, carefully places a tea cup and bread before each stuffed kitty and then feeds every one.
His hand looks ginormous compared to the table, cups, and kitty.
“Meow… Tea?” he asks, as he lifts the littlest tea cup between his pudgy thumb and forefinger to his kitty critter. The time and care he takes to set up the tea party and feed his little ones belies his twenty-four-month development and small motor control.
That perspective made me imagine God’s hand big enough to pick up my kitchen table… then my house… then my city… then the planet. Yet he so patiently, slowly places before us our daily bread and feeds us when necessary, when we don’t – or won’t – take care of ourselves.
Imagine… His big hand and heart entering our tiny little space with such tender care.
I want to look at the world the way my little grandson does. I want to see creatures and humans with such loving eyes that I am moved to stop what I’m doing and sit with them, pour tea for them, serve the soup in a soup line, or help them find a child separated from them.
If I had such eyes, what would I do? Become a foster parent? Give more money to missioners for milk and bread? Spend time with the widow down the block? Adopt a lonely child?
“The Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples” (Isaiah 25:6 NIV).
Since God is not human, He sets up millions of tea parties or circumstances to feed us daily. To offer us our daily cross. Can you see His smile if we take the time to taste? To carry our cross like His Son did? To sip tea with someone we dislike?
Children teach us so much, so fresh from heaven…
Why not have tea with God today?
What is he gently setting before you? What is He asking you to see? To do? To be? “Be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good…” (Matthew 5:45 NABRE)
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About the author: Chris Sauter Manion loves to speak from her core Scripture verse: “The joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). She’s an award-winning author, leadership expert, and inspirational speaker who uses skills from building a $20 million sales organization to help people of all ages embrace the give and take of a deepening relationship with God. Chris lives with her husband of forty-plus years in Florida‘s panhandle where she kayaks and photographs the Gulf coast’s natural beauty. She is a grandmother of five wee ones and loses all sense of time when gardening, creating and cooking. Reach out to her at www.ChrisManion.com
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