Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Weekend When God Set the Table

A song sung by the Detroit Bible College Choral:

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever amen, amen, be honor and glory for ever and ever amen. From I Timothy 1:17.

Before a family meal is eaten, the table must be set. There can be a wide range of dishes and other assorted pieces placed on the table, depending on the need.

For me, I had an opportunity to dine with the Father at a table He set this last weekend.

Here is how:

About a year ago, my son gave me an exterior hard drive for my computer and recommended I back up my data regularly. I set the device in my computer bag and promptly forgot about it. Last Friday, I happened to visit him and while there asked him to teach me how to do the back up for my computer. He taught me by doing the job.

Sunday, I received word that Jim, a good college friend passed away. Several friends from our college choral went to the visitation. Jim's brother, Robert, greeted us at the door and told us how Jim loved the song, I Timothy 1:17. 

We broke out in chorus, singing as we did with Jim in our former college choral. Robert smiled and sang with us as many others in the room watched.

Stick with me...this will all fit together--I promise.

I drove the three hours home that night thinking fondly of my visit and reached into the back seat to take my computer bag into the house. I lifted it and immediately realized something was missing. I looked inside and did not see my computer or the power cord. Everything else was in the bag.

My daughters helped me search the house. Maybe I only thought I packed my computer. It had to be somewhere, but after twenty minutes of searching we conceded. Someone stole the computer from my car while I was in the funeral home.  My stories. My notes. 

I called the funeral home to let them know a thief went through their parking lot that evening then lay in bed wide awake most of the night.

The next morning I called the police. They agreed to let my son who lived nearby come to file my report. 

I called my insurance company, and they recommended I not claim the computer due to deductibles and possible future needs.

I went out to check the mail that day and found the long awaited state tax return in our mailbox. Due to glitches, and weird issues only an accountant could understand, the amount slightly exceeded the cost of a replacement computer.

God started setting the table for this event last year when my son gave me the external hard drive. He place the next piece on the table when my son and I met and he backed up all my data last Friday. He set the last piece on the table by having the check arrived. We sat down to feast when I praised Him for his mercy and protection.

Despite the enemy's wishes to take away the tool I use to write for God, my Father turned the opportunity into a moment for me to dine with Him. I am so blessed.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever amen, amen, be honor and glory for ever and ever amen. I Timothy 1:17.

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Jeanne Takenaka said...

Mary, what a beautiful post. I'm sure emotions ran high at times as you walked through this, but how wonderful to be able to see God's hand working in these sorts of circumstances!

I think I'm going to blog about this, but while on vacation last week, I sprained my ankle. It made walking very difficult for the remaining couple days in Yellowstone. In the midst of this, God showed me all I had to be thankful for. He gave me the gift of seeing things with His perspective, and in turn created a spirit of thankfulness within me.

BTW, I love the song you mentioned. I was singing it just last week. I didn't know you are a singer. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Yes, we all have those hidden talents. :)

Yellowstone is a gorgeous place to visit. I'm glad you were able to go, just wish you could have not been in pain.

Deborah K. Anderson said...

I love when God does stuff like this.

Great post, Mary.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Yeah. Me too.