“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Recently, I was in a discussion with a mentor of mine about an event I had to attend. In the conversation, the word “prepared” came up. It made memories of my childhood envelop me. One does not realize just how important being prepared is to a child.
Our school bus would arrive home every day at about 4:30 p.m. As soon as we walked through the front door, my mind, heart and nose were already prepared for the invitation, scent and sight of a prepared supper table my mother had waiting for us.
Like clockwork, our father was preparing to end his afternoon prayer session as mom would give one invitation, and one only, of, “It’s suppertime. Wash your hands and come to the table.”
Wow! The sight of fried chicken, creamed potatoes, green beans, carrots and corn, along with steaming hot mayonnaise rolls – with real butter prepared to be spread on it – was so delightful and comforting. As an adult, I realize just how hard it is to keep everything organized and always be prepared.
Paul records to the church at Corinth just how prepared God is for His children, preparation beyond our wildest expectation. He has prepared forgiveness, love and restoration for those who will trust Him with their whole heart. Healing, strength and trust are prepared for the sick, weak and lonely. There’s prepared joy, peace and gentleness for the sad, unnerved and abused.
God has a prepared a table, way and place for the hungry, lost and wayward. God has a plan of escape and victory for the scattered, trapped and attacked. Truly, Paul knew what he was saying when he said, eye hath not seen neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has in store for them that love Him.
Our prayer for you this week: May you never forget just how prepared God really is.