Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Sticky Table

Last night I had dinner with a friend for her birthday. We went to a restaurant by the lake and the view was serene and quiet. I was the first to arrive and the hostess showed me to a little table in the corner by a big window. I could see boats on the lake, mountains in the distance, and a sweet couple playing with their two dogs in the water. It was nostalgic, fun, and um...really sticky. I lifted my glass of water, and it was as if it had a worn sticker on the bottom of the glass. I put my hands down on the table, and sure enough, the entire table was, sticky. Interesting. It was clean, and sticky, and funny.
My friend arrived and she instantly noticed the sticky table, we laughed each time we lifted our water.  Our food arrived, our drinks, and the Sticky table cloth entertained us, even lightened our sometimes heavy conversation. Near the end of our meal, our waiter announced that for birthdays  dessert are free, so we ordered a chocolate brownie sundae, and off he went to retrieve the delightful finale to our meal. When he arrived with it, he put it in front of my friend and promptly knocked over the pitcher of huckleberry mint drink we had sitting on the table. Sticky huckleberry raced across the table and both my friend and I jumped out of our chairs in an effort to avoid having it all over our laps. Sticky, sticky, sticky.
The waiter was somewhat flustered and admitted he was new on the job. He raced off to find a dishrag, leaving us with useless napkins and a flooded sticky table! Laughter spewed out of both of us, thankful to be dry, and not sticky.  As our waiter came back to our table and surveyed the situation, he decided it would be best to simply move us to a different table with our chocolate brownie sundae. So, leaving him to clean the huckleberry disaster, we scooted over to a different table and settled ourselves down with our sweet dessert. I went for my glass of water, only to discover that there was a sticky cloth on this table too!!
I am so pleased to know that whatever sticky situation I am in, and whatever happens while I am in that situation, God's Righteous Right Hand is upon me! I read about it in Isaiah this morning in chapter 41, verse 10:

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Say That Again, King of Kings, You will uphold me through every situation, even the sticky ones!

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