Dinning with The Lord
by Roberto Roche
This text was originally written in Spanish before being translated into English.
I have wandered over the streets at nights looking for somebody to talk to. Some nights have been dark and a drizzle has made my clothes humid. Sometimes, the Christians who have always encouraged and advised me have already gone to bed; their houses are dark and silent; then, without bothering them and being a little sad, I have followed my way and I have headed to my house, then, I have attempted, by means of the prayer, to have an encounter with the Lord.
I imagine that it is a night of surprises; I am having dinner with the Lord. There are neither inhibitions nor protocols; the Lord is in front of me. I feel His presence and He is so familiar my whole being is full of a great joy that I had not felt before. I do not even have any desire to complain about anything, I simply feel His presence in my life, and it is the greatest and only miracle that I need in that moment.
A happy day is not common; it is as a clearing in the sky amid a storm, it is as an oasis in a desert. The Bible does not make a lot of honor to the word happiness, even to the word happy. It is easy to notice that as incredible as it might seem, there are more important and durable things that have to do with the joy and the experiences of obedience and worship to the Lord.
I would like my happy day full of human events. I would like to go through all the stages of life which may show me that I am alive, that I have accomplished all my goals, and that everything goes well in a general sense. But due to all my experiences, I have realized that God has a better concept and plans about my happiness which are demonstrated in expressions of His love, and they have another meaning and influence in my own heart. Although those human experiences are still important for me and I wait for them with faith, I keep on searching happiness in other things, close to my brethren, trying to discover what implies being a servant of the Lord.
I also try not to focus only on myself. I try to discover what would give joy to others; I also try to offer something that sometimes has no meaning to me but maybe it will fill someone else’s heart with joy because a currency reaches a higher value in a hand of someone who needs it or in a grateful heart although this currency has no real value for most of the people.
Every day of our Christian life is a happy day, it does not matter if we feel sad and surrounded by tests and adverse circumstances. We are quiet only because God is in us, and we have the promise of eternal life in our heart, which yearns all the benefits of the faith. Then we are willing to give a word of encouragement to somebody, we pray for our brother, although we are undergoing tests and worse necessities. We assist the brethren who seem cold and down because they will lift us in the future.
It was one of those dark nights in which I needed to speak about my problems with any brother, and when I was heading home feeling all frustrated, I found a missionary friend in somebody’s front porch. It was summer, and a seasonal rain was falling; there was no electricity, and he patiently expected a transport to return home in another town.
It was an immense blessing to stop and talk to him about my tests, to share our thoughts, our experiences of a Christian life and the things that please God to see in His sons and daughters. I felt as if I were having dinner with the Lord that night, but it was much more beautiful and significant to imagine, to feel and to be sure that the Lord prepared everything for me. That was merely a happy day in my life, and I was no longer sad.
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
” ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ “
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