If there’s one thing I fear being without, it’s coffee. I mean, of course there are other things. But coffee – coffee is my lifeblood.
When I wake up in the morning my thoughts are usually geared toward making my way to the coffeemaker. Coffee is my reason for getting up in the first place, without it I fear I lack any type of motivation.
Coffee is magical for many reasons. I repeat, it makes me do the things.
Coffee can be enjoyed hot or cold. Black or with creamer. Plain creamer or flavored. With or without sugar. There are so many brands and choices. There is morning coffee and afternoon coffee and dessert coffee and coffee for absolutely no reason at all.
I love coffee. When I think of Heaven, I imagine many commercial grade machines brewing fresh coffee. Always.
But there is something else that is also my lifeblood. More so than coffee, and I have just realized in the past few years that I need it more than I will ever need coffee.
Coffee helps my motivation, but I need God for everything else.
It’s taken me years to get the ‘right’ coffee. I’m still looking. But it’s taken me even longer to get ‘right’ with God. Funny thing is, he loved me when I was a mess. That’s not to say he wasn’t sitting up there shaking his head in frustration, but he has waited all this time for me to lean on him and when I finally did, wow. It’s like he handed me the most amazing cup of coffee I’ve ever had in my life.
God handing me that coffee and me taking it was like him handing me a fresh start. And I took it. All of these years he’s watched me drink all these gross cups of coffee, all the while holding my favorite one in his hand. Patiently waiting for me to give it a try. And try it I have. I am in love with our amazing creator. He is the creator of my joy and who I now rely on to maintain it. Like that first morning cup invigorates you, the knowledge and acceptance of God’s love has done the same. When you finally find ‘thee coffee’, you can never get enough. You always look for it when you shop. You are overwhelmed by it’s amazing aroma. When you take the first sip you can actually feel it going down into your belly and filling it.
That’s what God is to me. I can’t get enough. I’m always looking for Him. I’m completely overwhelmed by his grace. I can feel his love deep, deep in my soul .
As my heart started acknowledging the intensity of the words written in the Bible, “I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG), things changed. I changed. How do you not want and need more after really soaking that in. I’ve used this verse in writing before, maybe I overuse it, but when you really focus and let your spirit help you understand this amazing plan God has had for us since the beginning of time.
Fresh perspective like fresh coffee is always a good thing.
Throw a fresh doughnut in there too while we’re at it.
God loves us. He loves us. I imagine him up there clapping his hands for me with a smirk saying, “finally”. She finally gets it.
You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation. ~ 1 Peter 1:8-9 (MSG)
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I love this post so much. Because I LOVE coffee. And of course, Jesus! If you want a really great cup of coffee, try Free Trade LOVE BUZZ. It’s awesome. I’m guessing you’re like me, Tina. You love to have coffee with your quiet time. Combining the two things you love a whole lot is a great way to start your day:)
“Coffee helps my motivation, but I need God for everything else.” You know my relationship with coffee better than just about anyone else. Thank you for reminding me that there’s another, much more important relationship I need. Sometimes I forget.
Tina, this is such a great post. Possibly my favorite of yours. Related to every drop. 🙂 But, girlfriend, because of this post, I now have the chorus of Depeche Mode’s “I Just Can’t Get Enough” running through my head! Don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse!
‘Like that first morning cup invigorates you, the knowledge and acceptance of God’s love has done the same.’ I love the way you tied such a familiar idea with such a Godly one! It makes it so clear how we are to see our need for God to be every bit – and then scads more – as vital as your cup o’ Joe in the a.m. Loved it! Thanks!!
At age 30 life was good. I was happily married, had 2 awesome kids, a fulfilling job, loving friends and family. I was richly blessed. Yet I always felt like I was running on empty. It was maddening, I couldn’t find what I needed to fill me up. It didn’t make any sense that I was still searching. Until I found my cup of Joe (I mean Jesus).
It was (and still is) the awakening that many feel when they drink their favorite morning brew. The richness, the warmth of a relationship with Jesus filling me to the brim with peace and joy. Great post Tina!