Devotional: Saucer Theology

Saucer Theology

Then you shall again obey the Lord…and the Lord your God will make you abundantly  prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will  again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God…because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart  and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 30:8-10 NRSV

Last week, one of the guys from plant operations, believed he had a message from God for me. When someone has an encouraging word, I want to hear it. He  presented me a music CD in a gold wrapper and asked me to listen to the first song. As I drove to work the next morning, I inserted the CD into the player in my car, listening attentively for my message from God. The first song was about gratitude and blessing. I had never heard it before but maybe some of you have.  The lyricist wrote about fullness and spilling over; living in such a way that we live in the overflow. The description was phrased as “drinking from my saucer.” Why? “Because my cup has overflowed.”

When we purchased new carpet a few years ago, we instituted a “saucer rule.” Anyone drinking hot beverages [coffee, tea, hot chocolate] would be required to place a saucer under the cup. We did not want any spills on the carpet. Saucers were to catch the spills.

Now, saucers have a new meaning for me: they represent overflow. Saucers are more than spill preventers; saucers catch the overflow. How many saucers do we need to catch the blessings spilling out of our cups? How will we share the overflow today?

“Haven’t got a lot of riches and sometimes the going’s tough but I’ve got loving ones around me and that makes me rich enough I thank God for His blessings and the mercies He’s bestowed I’m drinking from my saucer ’cause my cup has overflowed” {from “Drinking From My Saucer” lyrics by Bill Anderson}.

Dear Lord God, We thank You today for Your abundant provisions, in our families, our friends, our joy of living, our peace in the midst of storms, our living to see another day, our anticipation that You desire good for us. It is in Your heart that we would live in such a way that we would overflow and bless those around us with kindness, care, and affirmation. We are grateful for our saucers, God. Amen.