“…my cup runneth over…”

He prepares a Table before me



God’s provision is so good, and so consistent, that too often we take it (and Him!) for granted. We have come to expect abundant food, electricity, air conditioning, indoor plumbing, good health, and leisure. We are shocked and chagrined when anything happens to disrupt our abundance. We strive and pray for things to “get back to normal” so that we can get back to enjoying the good life.

I am guilty of focusing on all the things that aren’t right in my world. Rather than giving thanks for my abundance, I find myself obsessing over the many things that could be improved.

While I do not want to become a Pollyanna, I do find that in the midst of my frustration with what I see wrong, scripture in Philipians 4:8  reminds me to think on the lovely and pure and praiseworthy. The Shepherd’s Psalm declares that “…He prepares a table before me…my cup overflows.” And yet, too often I forget. I forget that I am seated at The Lord’s Covenant Table as a member of His household. I forget that my life and my world are projects under construction, and that the finished product will only be apparent when He appears.

As I go into a special season of Thanksgiving and prepare to feast on  cornucopia of the finest foods, I endeavor to remember that even on the bad days, my cup overflows with His provision, His acceptance, His blessing, and His mercy. The Lord IS my Shepherd…

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About Don Jones

Assistant VP of Enrollment and Student Services-Belhaven's Adult & Graduate Programs. Degrees from Logos Christian College & Graduate School, Bethel University (McKenzie, TN), University of Phoenix, Arkansas State University. Clergy in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, brigade XO of Military Police in the Mississippi State Guard, co-author of two textbooks and several peer-reviewed articles pertaining to business, education, and military history. Married with one daughter (Thunderbunny) and one foster son ("Redneck").

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