We are currently on vacation which means everything we need, or think we’ll need, is jammed into the car and hundreds of miles have already rolled under our wheels. We’ve finished one audio book, most of the snacks in the box, and, fortunately, seen not many of the two road trip undesirables: orange cones and red taillights!
Of all the things I love about vacation one of my favorite things is the places with the complimentary breakfast! Let me explain, although we’re on the road I’m still the one responsible for eating arrangements. Apparently I’m the only one who is ever famished as the rest of the family will have a morning bowl of cereal and then go until four until they realize that they getting a little hungry! So for me it is the same responsibilities at home without the convenience of my own kitchen, or even knowing where there’s a grocery store for bread and ice!
So it is with disproportional joy that I check into a hotel and see that they have a breakfast nook because I know that in the morning there will be a buffet prepared for me, and all I have to do is schlep down there (even in my pajamas!) and fill up a plate and of course a coffee cup! (Let’s not even bring up the difficulty of getting a good cup of coffee while on the road!)
A table has been prepared for me and all I have to do is partake. I don’t have to shop, or prepare, or clean up from it; no, a complimentary breakfast means that someone is taking care of both me and my responsibility for my family’s needs.
“Thou preparest a table before me” Psalms 23:5
“You open your hand to feed them and they are satisfied” Psalms 104: 28
“Your mercies are new every morning” Lamentations 3:23
“Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.” Isaiah 50:11
Just as God provided manna for His children in the desert each morning, He prepares a complimentary table for me arrayed with everything I need for the day. I see before me His grace, His love, His presence, His strength and protection, wisdom, understanding, discernment, mercy and forgiveness. I have no reason to go into my day unprepared for each morning He lays out a buffet of all I need and then says “Now come and have some breakfast!” John 21:12