I start every morning with a cup (okay, two cups) of coffee. My husband puts the water and grounds into the coffeemaker the night before so one of us has only to stumble into the kitchen, not yet awake, and press the ON button. Soon, we hear the *beep-beep-beep* that tells us it’s ready. Like Pavlov’s dogs, I react to that beep with anticipation. I get my mug and pour. Adding a little half-and-half, I have my Good Morning in a cup.
I blow across the top of the hot liquid, causing it to swirl and mix perfectly together. Then I take my first sip and–gasp!–the day begins.
I often take this cup of wakefulness to my big chair by the window to enjoy the still moments before the world awakes. I sip its creamy warmth and let it comfort me. Its heat gently caresses my insides with more peacefulness than a thick blanket on a cold day.
Other days, I can hardly wait for it to cool off. I gulp greedily. I feel it almost burning my esophagus as it heats me up inside with great vigor. I can’t take it in fast enough.
One morning, as I enjoyed my caffeinated calm in a cup, I was also having my morning devotional time, as I usually do, and it occurred to me that my time with the Lord is like my coffee.
Some days, I sip at His Word, letting each line drip into my heart and comfort me. Some days, I can hardly wait to get to the next paragraph, gulping greedily at the words! It charges my soul with great vigor, and I can’t take it in fast enough!
My cup of coffee is relaxing and stimulating all at once, and so is my time in the word and in prayer.
“I will give you rest,” he says. (Matt. 11:28)
More precious than an extra hour of sleep, or yes, even coffee. His refreshment goes deeper than the physical body or the active brain and into your very soul.
This is my prayer:
Lord, strengthen my soul that it may glorify you and do good work. As physical exercise strengthens my body, let this spiritual exercise strengthen my spirit. May I never forsake this time with you!
It’s not about following some prescription for these moments. No schedule is needed. This isn’t a business meeting. It’s more like a phone call:
“Hey God, it’s me, your sweet child. What’s on your heart today? What can I learn now?”
It’s a conversation between two who know and love each other, and He gets to talk too!
“Thank you, God, for holding me and loving me, and just giving me a place to rest my Martha spirit and just Mary for a little while.”
If you’re not a coffee drinker, this analogy may seem a little weird to you. Perhaps you think coffee is bitter and distasteful. You see how other people love it and can’t seem to start their day without it and you wonder, just a little bit, if you’re missing out on something.
I promise, if you ease into coffee, you’ll adjust to the taste and discover that the bitterness disappears and the deep, bold, rich flavor is just what you crave! You’ll get hooked.
If you’re not a Bible reader, this analogy may seem weird to you too! Perhaps you think reading the Bible is boring and distasteful, maybe even a little bitter. You see how other people love it and can’t seem to get through a day without it and you wonder, just a little bit, if you’re missing out on something.
I promise, if you ease into Bible reading with an open-heart, you’ll discover that the bitterness disappears and the deep, bold, rich grace of God is just what you crave! You’ll get hooked!