I looked expectantly into the mug, but only the dregs remained. Certainly not enough to satisfy my craving for coffee. Cold, miserable and insufficient. There was no choice; if I wanted more coffee I would have to go to the kitchen and make some.
I am particularly partial to Ethiopian Sidamo coffee, freshly ground preferably. Coffee that is a million miles from the terrible cheap supermarket instant coffee I used to drink nearly forty years ago early in married life when cash was tight, and any type of coffee was a luxury.
My thirst for coffee this morning and my rejection of the dregs from an earlier brew caused me to reflect on how often we offer our dregs to God, just like Cain did in Eden. Conversely, God never offers His dregs to us. This was most evident in the gift of Jesus Christ to a largely ungrateful world (then and now). It is evident when we open our eyes to all that God has provided for us. It is evident in God’s unconditional love, part of which is His exceptional patience with us when what we bring is cold, miserable and insufficient. We all have those days don’t we; days when we want God only on our terms, or not at all?
Life has been exceptionally busy of late, but this morning I managed to put God first for the first time in a week. Emails and reports, social media and even a desire for fresh coffee were put aside until later. I had nothing to bring to God other than my time. Time to read His word, time to listen for His voice, time to be still, time to be alone with Him. Somehow waiting for another coffee made it taste so much better.
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NLT)