Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: v-25; Acts 21:18-40
The Lord is my shepherd.
I lack nothing.
2 He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
he leads me to restful waters;
3 he keeps me alive.
He guides me in proper paths
for the sake of his good name.
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
they protect me.
5 You set a table for me
right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
my cup is so full it spills over!
6 Yes, goodness and faithful love
will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the Lord’s house
as long as I live.
Psalm 23:1-6, Common English Bible
“My cup is full!!! Stop Pouring!!!” Have you ever heard someone say those words? I have, well maybe not the exact words but something similar. I can remember telling my kids to stop before they overfilled the glass. I also can remember the mess when they didn’t heed my warning. That is what happens when our “…cup is so full it spills over.” We end up with a big mess. Who wants to end up with a mess on your hands? It is a pretty safe answer to say, none of us. Well, none of us, if we are talking about a literal cup overflowing and making a literal mess.
Have you ever heard someone say, in words dripping with sarcasm, “My cup runneth over.” I know I have. Wait, what am I saying there. I have actually used that line, with those sarcasm dripping words. This bad thing happen. The other thing wasn’t too good either. Oh and I just remembered I lost my wallet back in 1962. That wasn’t too cool. “My cup runneth over!” Once again, it is a mess.
But, if there were $100 bills overflowing a cup full of $100 bills, we might say, “My cup runneth over” and we really aren’t too upset about it. “Keep the cash coming” would likely be our response.
When we are talking about my cup running over from a spiritual perspective, that mess shouldn’t bother us either. In fact, as happy as we might be from the mess of overflowing $100 bills when we recognize the way our cup overflows with blessings from God, we should be even more excited. I do realize that such is not the case for many around us. Their thinking tends to go, “If I can’t touch it, it doesn’t matter.”
We need to remember, if I can touch it, one day it will not matter. When I am dead, in a box in the ground, anything physical isn’t going to matter, including the earthen vessel I said was me back when I was walking the earth. It is the things I can’t touch, quite possibly things I can’t see, or hear. These are the things that can only come from God. And, if God wants to keep sending me blessings? Well, that is alright by me. So, Lord, my cup may be full, but when it comes to things from you, make all the mess you want to make. I know I will be blessed by what you leave behind.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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