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Leave Nothing on the Table
I stood to leave, and she reached for my hand and I heard, her whisper: “Leave nothing on the table!”
I sat back down and asked, “What did you say?”
I glanced at my phone to make sure I hadn’t yet stopped the voice memo recording as I resettled myself in the chair. I looked at her with an expectancy in my eyes and an anticipation in my heart.
Back in January my husband and I snuck away to surprise some friends who had been hosting monthly worship nights in their home. In the few years since they began, we hadn’t been able to make the trip to San Diego or even get away from our duties and responsibilities at home. After the string of bad news we received on Christmas Eve we decided we needed to get away together and recharge.
Our San Diego friend’s night of worship, prayer, and ministry in their home seemed just the perfect place to be. Besides Washington State was experiencing some rather frigid temperature and the usual rain at the time, while San Diego was in the mid to upper 70’s.
The worship night was great, both my husband and I received ministry. It was a refreshing change to be on the receiving end instead of the ministry end. It was encouraging, refreshing and just what we needed at the time.
As we were wrapping up prayer and chit-chatting in casual conversation, I was getting up to walk away, when one of the ladies reached out and grabbed my hand. She looked at me and whispered, “Leave Nothing on the Table.”
I immediately, sat back in the chair and looked at her expectantly and with a slightly puzzled look and said, “Okay….”
Then I waited for her to say more.
At first, she seemed unsure of why she said it, then as we talked, I began to understand why the Lord had her speak it. She went on to speak a little louder, “Hey, as you were getting ready to walk away, I saw a glimpse of a large table full of stuff. And I heard the phrase, ‘Leave nothing on the table’” It was just that quick, the last 10-seconds of our time together one of the most powerful statements was spoken and yet now 11-months later, I am still unpacking it.
As she shared the picture, my mind immediately brought up an image of a huge table spread of food that had been laid out for guests at a party. Now, this could be because I was nearing the end of a 21-day fast, or it could be God was speaking to me.
I mean, what was on the table? And what does, “leave nothing on the table” really mean?
At first, when I contemplated this phrase, “leave nothing on the table,” I was reminded of my high school softball coach. He would always tell us to go out and play our best ball. “Leave it all on the field,” he would say. In essence, give it your all, hold nothing back. Upon further research, I discovered that the “table” in this expression comes from poker, where if you don’t play intelligently, you’re leaving your money on the poker table.
“Ok,” I thought to myself, if that’s what it means, then I am be strategic and intelligent about the decisions I make. But how?
As I continued to research the meaning, I came across this definition: The idea is that if you give each day everything you have to give; you will go to sleep each night with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.
There are a few things I have realized over the course of this year since getting this word. The first is, all too often I leave stuff on the table. I sometimes let opportunities pass me by, I have held back due to fear or a lack of understanding.
Even more recently God has been challenging me with leaving nothing on the table as it pertains to this verse from Psalm 23.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:5 NIV).
The song “Surrounded” by Upper room, along with a few others have been on repeat for months and months.
There’s a table that You’ve prepared for me. In the presence of my enemies…
This whole scenario and image it brings to mind, reminds me of a scene from one of the Hunger Game movies. Here’s the scene: In the middle of a field, just before the game began there were all kinds of supplies: Weapons, food, backpacks, etc. Basically, everything one would need to survive. All the participants were on the perimeter of the field waiting for the game to begin. They had to determine if it was worth the risk to enter the middle and try to get away with something to survive, or just run away. Choosing to run towards the middle where these items were could mean instant death for some.
You see, it’s one thing to come and eat at the table when it’s in friendly territory. It’s even one thing to cautiously approach the table in less than friendly circumstances and then leave. However, if we are to “leave nothing on the table,” when it is set in the presence of our enemies, it means we can’t just come, eat and run.
No, we simply can’t. Instead, it means, we must sit at the table longer than we would like. It also means we may have to get up and walk around the table in order to gather all there is. Which means we can’t just sit opposite our enemies keeping them at a distance, it means we may be required to mingle amongst them, cross paths with them, or be in each other’s space.
What does it look like to leave nothing on the table if the table is surrounded by your enemies?
But maybe I have it all wrong. Maybe, it’s that our enemies aren’t actually at the table waiting for us to join them. Maybe it’s that they are already defeated and are being held at bay to watch as they see the Lord blessing me. Historical when a nation lost the battle they and all the spoils were paraded through the streets of town for all to see. The enemy was already defeated, but everyone else got to see what it looked like for God to be on your side bringing victory.
I am still processing and wrestling this out with the Lord, but I would love to know, what does:
Leave nothing on the table mean to you?
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