Monday, October 26, 2009

Under the Table

"But even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs" - Mark 7:28

Hungry for anything ... just a crumb will suffice.
Feeling unworthy. Afraid. The eyes of others scrutinize in my mind.
Dressed in tattered rags next to princely fabrics of extravagant gifts and talents.
I cannot compare.
No longer wanting to sit at His table. I just want my King.

Broken and humbled, I slip under.
A dog, desiring simple crumbs.
The majestic wood hides me from their eyes searching mine.
My King whispers to my heart and joy trickles in my soul.
Crawling past fancy shoes and well worn feet fitted with the gospel of peace.
I reach feet adorned with scars of nail.

Kissing, washing with grateful tears.
All of my affections placed in a bottle,
to break at His feet.

Under the table, clutching just His feet.
Eyes closed tight, the unimaginable happens.
My King slips from His royal chair.
Leaving His rightful place of honor,
He crawls under the table.
Just to be with me.

For days I linger in this place.
Wrapped in His love, and in my unworthy state of heart
Prayers, tears, pain exposed, freedom released.
He beckons me to come out.

Glancing down my tattered rags replaced
Royal garments spun in blood red forgiveness
A place at the wedding feast, set for me, His princess.
Escorted, I am free to take my place
To reign in His kingdom with my King.

Worthy or not, He will meet you. He will hold you. Reach out, grab the hem of His garment. Boldly come in and wash His feet with your tears regardless of those who stare. Climb under the table like me and just sit at His feet. My life this week, a testimony. However you come, He will meet you.


Denise said...

Praise God, I am forever clinging tightly to His precious garment. I love you sweetie.

Crown of Beauty said...

This is so touching, Sarah Dawn.

Again the words from your heart have penetrated deep into my heart...and speak peace, love, acceptance and hope.

I am praying for you right now, as you adjust to a new life back in the USA, in Arizona... and praying too that the way you were enriched by your life in Costa Rica will in turn enrich the people God will send you to touch where He has sent you.


Pilar said...

You have such a beautiful way to share your hearts and bless other´s.
May you have wonderful blessed day!

Larie Carlice Proverbs 27:19 said...

Oh Sarah Dawn, I am sitting under that table. My eyes were closed, therefore I did not even see Jesus under there with me!

thank you, thank you Sarah Dawn!


Sharon Sloan said...

Jeremiah 52:33
So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table.

Putting aside my prision clothes...and accepting His invitation to eat regularly at the King's table.

Amazing God. Most Gracious Host.

Unknown said...

Oh Precious Broken Gift - your words ignite the light within me to shine brighter, bolder, and become far reaching to other hurting and wanting to touch the hem of peace, hope, joy, love -where they can find rest!

I long to sit at His table and to wash His feet with my tears of gratefulness for all that He has given me and done for me. How can I ever thank YOU O'LORD?

Hugs and much love Sarah!

Just Be Real said...

This is so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing dear one.

Norma said...

This is beautiful!. thanks for stopping by my blog.. it brought me here and I enjoyed it. thanks. Norma.

Debbie Petras said...

Broken and humbled ...that's right where we need to be. That's something I'm learning right now, as you now know. But then we can be molded and shaped as a vessel useful for His purposes.

Sarah Dawn, how you splashed all over me yesterday. And I'm so grateful. I'm so glad to call you friend.


Andrea said...

Thank you! What a beautiful picture of the love of our Lord! You have a gift, thank you for sharing!

TanyaLea said...

Oh Sarah Dawn~ So beautifully written, yet again. You are always able to speak to the depths of my being. What a priceless gift you have been to my life. Thank you for your faithfulness to write!! <><

Blessings and Hugs,

Kathleen said...

Such a penetrating thought: waiting beneath the table for but a few scraps. It may sound beggarly (if not entirely idiotic) to the world; but we that love Him know that even the scraps are a banquet in His kingdom!


Andrea said...

Indeed, HE always meets me where I am.
Blessings, hugs, and prayers, andrea

Tara Anderson said...

I love this...

Pure Perseverance said...

So wonderful to meet you, too! Such a powerful picture is etched in my mind as I am under the table with the real battles I struggle with but a stronger desire to just be near my Lord. To know He accepts me right where I am, that He willingly and lovingly wants to be with me blows my mind and shows me my worth to Him. What amazing love! Thank you so much for this post!

LaSandra said...

A preacher just referenced this scripture at our church on Sunday! Thanks for sharing!

Lorrie said...

Amen...we should be all under the table...constantly. Prayers are needed for my children who are fighting to stay "lights" in a dark world...prayers for hedges of protection in their classes and with their peers. Thanks. Blessings

Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog.
May God give us the grace to enjoy a place at His table.

Abiding in Him.
Becky@ Daily on My way to Heaven

elizabeth said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog...I see from many of your interests that we "flow" in the same River, though you are a young mama, and me a 52 year old nana! Blessings to you as you plumb the unfathomable depths of His great love!

Welcome! said...

absolutely beautiful post! Thank you so much for that! Must read it again.

Sarah said...

Sweet sister,

I find it so incredible that the King of all Creation, the One who made the heavens and the earth, the Righteous One LOVES to be with His people!

So grateful for your love for our King! So grateful that you share your heart so freely and so beautifully.

Blessings to you, friend.

Sharaya Crossan said...

Simply and elegantly beautiful. I am blessed by your poetic expressions of truth. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

A pleasure to meet you, by the way. Thanks for visintg Eucharisteo Journey...

Peace to you.

Heart2Heart said...

Sarah Dawn,

I too, like you, long to just sit at my Lords' feet and worship Him for an eternity!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Deborah Ann said...

Beautiful and poignant, earthy and in-your-face real. Love this...

He & Me + 3 said...

Sarah Dawn,

What a beautiful picture you painted that one day we will partake in. Being at His table forever worshipping at His feet beholding His beauty face to face. What a day that will be.
So Glad He Invites us in.

He & Me + 3 said...

Sarah Dawn,

What a beautiful picture you painted that one day we will partake in. Being at His table forever worshipping at His feet beholding His beauty face to face. What a day that will be.
So Glad He Invites us in.

Heather said...

Simply beautiful... thank you.

Bina said...

Absolutely breathtaking...

Michelle said...


Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. Your words of encouragment were a blessing.

BTW, I'm a pastor's wife, and my greatest fear was that God would call my husband to the mission field abroad. God bless you for doing what my heart has feared. May God remove all fear and replace is with His strength and boldness.

Nikki (Sarah) said...


Linda said...

Sarah, I whispered a prayer that sounds so much like your beautiful post. I always feel like the least of His children, the chief of sinners, so unworthy of the grace and love He has showered on me.
Your words minister to my spirit. The Father has given you the gift of such a loving heart. Thank you for faithfully serving and sharing your heart.

Pia said...

sarah, you really have a gift with words. i'm happy that you're able to meet debbie. she left me a comment on my blog about your meeting. btw, i love the book you sent me. i read it every morning. His message to me lately is to BE STILL.

God bless you, sarah dawn.

Karen said...

Such a glorious image...I can see it now....

~*Michelle*~ said... THAT spoke to my heart....woah.

How beautiful is this?

"Glancing down my tattered rags replaced
Royal garments spun in blood red forgiveness
A place at the wedding feast, set for me, His princess.
Escorted, I am free to take my place
To reign in His kingdom with my King."

You have an amazing happy God led me here today.

Julie said...

WOW! You have a beautiful way with words. I felt like I was right there under the table too.

Thank you so much for stopping by my is wonderful to meet you!

Looking forward to reading more from "Splashin'Glory"

Cynthia said...

Sarah Dawn

This poem took my breath away...this line needs to be on a plaque in my room
"Crawling past fancy shoes and well worn feet fitted with the gospel of peace.
I reach feet adorned with scars of nail"

May I copy this poem (with credit of course) to use in the curriculum I am writing for my womens small group study on prayer and drawing closer to Christ?

You never fail to delight me my sister!!

Julie said...

Sarah Dawn, It's great to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog and your words. I'm blessed.

I see you are with YWAM. My oldest daughter went on a DTS in 2008. She was at Holmsted base in England and Poland for her outreach.

Where are you stationed?

It's great to meet you!

jasonS said...

Loving your poetry! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I'm happy to find yours too...

AtlantaMama said...

WOW! Thank you so much for this beautiful picture. WOW. I felt God speak to me thru this. Thank you. I also e-mail this to a group of people becaues I feel it can be a huge encouragement.

Jen said...

Beautiful. This is a day when I cling to His garment. I know He will provide. This really spoke to me today, Sarah Dawn.



Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for this incredibly beautiful, encouraging blessing, Sarah Dawn!

Curiously Normal said...

Oh, this was beautiful! This IS beautiful! Thank you.

Shaunie @ Up the Sunbeam said...

Sarah Dawn,
You have painted such an amazing picture of how He stoops to love us. Thank you for your image-richness!

Thank you too for splashing my blog with your encouragement today--what a blessing!

Anonymous said...

Yes and amen...

Rosario said...

Thank you for your comment on my post. I give God the honor and the glory for all that I do. Your post is beautiful. Your welcome to join me anytime you want.

Cherie said...

Beautiful. I love that He doesn't leave us at His feet. He always hunkers down and pulls us back up with Him doesn't he. Lovely.

Thanks for stopping by. It gave me a chance to be here! I loved my visit.

aimee said...

Just beautiful... under the table... He is enough.

grace and peace,

Ann Kroeker/Not So Fast said...

You remind us that when we are lowly and humbled, we are in the presence of the One who knows all about lowering Himself and is eager to lift us up.

Natasha said...

thank you. wow.