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In the Land of the "Even Thoughs"

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

Psalm 23 is a formative story. It goes like this…there is going to come a day when God is going to make you lay down. Sure, there will be green pastures that will nurture you. There will be still waters that won’t overwhelm you. But there is still a need for a staff and there is still a need for a shepherd’s crook.

There is a place in Australia called the “Never Never.” It’s in the outback. It’s a tough place. There is barrenness, stifling heat, scorpions, deadly snakes, and desolation. You’ve got to be very careful when you go to the Never Never. Its not a place for the weak of heart.

The Psalmist tells us there is a similar place God’s people enter called the “Even Though.” Even though you walk through the valley…. The even though is a place of trial and difficulty, not easily traversed by even the heartiest of souls. I am sure you have spent time there, but probably didn’t know its name.

Even though you’re struggling in a psychiatric hospital.  Even though you’re struggling in a marriage.  Even though your finances aren’t working.  Even though you’re sick and you wish you weren’t.

You have spent time in the even though, haven’t you?

Even though we walk that path, even though it can be a time of difficulty and desolation, the promise is that God will set a table before you. Even in the Even Though.

The greatest table that we’ll ever feast at is set in that stark land of the even though. I want to assure you of something. When I went into the even though, I didn’t look for a table, I looked for a way out. I scratched for a way out. I didn’t realize there would be times in life where God would cause me to lay in weakness.  He had to nourish me in a new way, and he had to teach me that even in the valley there can be a table.

God wants us to learn to not be quick to look for the way out of tough days, but to look for the table. Look for the food and the nourishment and the life that you wouldn’t get any other way. It’s far from easy, but very important. When you’re at that table, the table set in the even though, you suddenly see there is a cup and that cup will begin to overflow.

I am learning that goodness and mercy follows me all the days of my life even when I drink from a cup in the even though.

I didn’t drink that cup on the Mount of Transfiguration. I didn’t drink that cup when everyone was celebrating me. I drank that cup when my life was upside down and