It was Sunday morning. And I was late for church.
Like, really late. Not to mention I had not attended in weeks, and my 15 month old was not all that interested in sleeping.
Here I was, rushing to get us to church.
All I could think was “I need coffee.”
These three words were repeating in my head as I drove to the church.
I was more then tempted to stop by my local coffee shop and grab my favourite cup of liquid happiness.
Usually I wouldn’t flinch, but today, I was conflicted. Between my desire for the daily pick-me-up and my desire to be spiritually fed.
Here’s the thing.
The last few weeks had been a real challenge.
A lot of things in our life had popped up and frankly had tested my faith, my strength, my peace more then I liked to talk about.
I was drained.
But something told me to just go and show up, de-caffeinated, at church and risk looking like the sleep-deprived, faith challenged woman I was.
So, I went straight to church.
I lugged my baby out and dropped him off at the creche service – thank God for these volunteers!
Putting worship first
I saw my mother worshiping her heart out and quietly took a place beside her.
I stood and listened, sang a little and just closed my eyes and opened my heart, sharing everything quietly with the Creator who knew it anyway, but was waiting for me to connect with Him – to lay it all down – to be in His presence.
A few minutes later, my mother nudges me.
“Do you want this coffee? I bought it from the café but I don’t need this much.”
I looked at her and stared.
Little did she know that in that one sentence and gesture, she was affirming my faith.
You would have thought I had just been given the gold ticket to Charlie’s chocolate factory… but it was a cup of coffee, and it was a message.
A message directly from the Creator – to remind me that He saw me.
And I mattered, and my desires mattered, even the little ones.
In Luke 12:7 it says – Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
When you put God first, he grants the desires of your heart – even the small, embarrassing ones you don’t really want to share.
I was able to worship God, freely, and have my latte – the best things in life, in my opinion!
Yes, coffee helps me show up as the magical person I like to be.
But when you put God first, he gives you a portion that goes well beyond a coffee cup.
Put him first – put connecting with him first and, I promise you, the rest will fall into place.
Article supplied with thanks to Rachel Reva at Life On Her Terms.
About the author: Rachel Reva is a PR consultant and author with a career that has spanned TV, writing, radio and politics. Born in Georgia, USA, Rachel now lives in Australia with her young family, and is heard every week on radio.