Coffee Amidst Chaos

There’s an unsung hero in our house – our coffee maker.

We’ve got a one year old and a three year old ruling the roost right now (amid quarantine, no less), so coffee plays a huge role for us in this season. We need fuel to have enough energy to keep up with our vibrant children, affectionately referred to as “the wildlings“. My husband and I no longer have the luxury of leisurely sipping freshly brewed coffee on the porch  together, planning our day and discussing topics of interest. It looks more like me brewing a pot and taking my cup for my commute to work and saying a silent prayer over the rest of the pot to sustain my husband until I get back home.

See, he runs his own business based out of our home. This is great because he’s here and it offers us opportunities to spend quality time together. However, with the current state of the country, it has become…ok, I’ll just say it – a prison.

Don’t get me wrong, we are homebodies by nature and creatures of habit. But when you don’t even have the option to get out, you suddenly feel shackled.

So, we drink the coffee. 

For years since we got married we had a super fancy Keurig. Touchscreen and everything. We tried every flavor from every brand. It was convenient and simultaneously decadent.

Until the heating element went out.

We trudged on, brewing a cup and instantly placing it in the microwave to actually heat it. And then heat it again after putting the cup down in order to change diapers, etc. I even got my husband a hot plate for his birthday to keep the coffee piping hot for him. 

Thinking about my craving and need for coffee reminds me of Jesus. All the best coffee and frills in the world still leave us…unsatisfied. Wanting. Unfulfilled. But being in communion with Him is sweeter than any cup of joe will ever be. He’s with me when life leaves me feeling depleted and like the mug that was once warm, but now sits wistfully on the counter growing cold and stale. 

I just want to offer you some hope today, friend. Whether your coffee is hot, luke warm, or cold, there’s a new opportunity today for you to find peace in the arms of a savior who is never lacking. He loves you and is waiting to spend a little time on the porch (or in your car or at the office or amid the dirty dishes) reminding you that you are loved. Take heart, with a little bit of energy and a whole lot of grace, we’ll make it and find rest.

Verses for today:

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

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