You always have a seat at the Table
When I was a freshman in college, I came back home for Spring Break to be with my family. To celebrate one night, we headed over to a well-known Japanese restaurant in our town. This was the first time I had ever eaten Japanese food. We walked in on a busy Friday night and I being the cultured, college freshman, immediately headed towards the hostess stand to put in our name (which was Derks at the time).
The hostess said, “Hibachi?”
“No, I replied. Derks,” pretty sure she didn’t hear my last name correctly.
“No, Hibachi?” she said firmly.
“Derks” I said matter of factly, trying to help her understand that is our last name.
Finally, the hostess said, “Would you like to eat at the Hibachi table
tonight or regular seating?”
Feeling like a complete idiot, I laughed nervously and said, “Yes, a hibachi table, please.”
Have you ever experienced a similar feeling of wanting a seat at the table, but somehow you were misunderstood? Perhaps your experience was in the middle school lunchroom, the break room at work, a social media post, excluded for coffee dates, or you feel uninvited at your own kitchen table.
Many of Jesus’ interactions with others were at a table. This is where he chose to gather his people and connect. Everyday people, who were not perfect, but willing to listen and be open to His words.
Our upcoming IF:Gathering on Saturday, March 10th is an open invitation to the table. At this 1-day women’s event we get the chance to hear from other speakers, lean into other women, and grow in your relationship with God.
It’s an honor to have you at our tables at this event. We look forward to learning, laughing, maybe crying (however, that will mostly be me) and getting the chance to connect with you.
Much Love Lady,
Danielle (Hibachi) Zapchenk
and the Women of West Ridge Team