Last Saturday morning, (which was December 1), I sleepily fixed a second cup of coffee via the Keurig at my parent’s house. When I started to pick it up I noticed it was filled to the rim and then…. spilling onto the the counter! I grabbed a paper towel to clean up the mess but noticed my spilled coffee had now formed a perfect, brown cross on the tiled counter top. Talk about getting your attention!
As I welcome in the month of December, I am reminded life is not about me, it’s about the cross, it’s about Jesus. That His cup always overflows and He teaches us to do the same. We can only give what we are filled with…let it be Him. His love, His word, His grace, His forgiveness, His mercy, His character, His authority and His power.
His own cross looked like a big mess, but it was all a part of God’s plan to save us. And His life did not start out looking like the world thought it should. He was born in a manger and to parents whose story was surely misunderstood and misinterpreted. What a mess, they must have thought. Yet we know by reading His word, both Mary and Joseph (See Luke 1 & 2) listened to God and were obedient to Him. Jesus was betrayed, persecuted, beaten and hung to die on that old brown wooden cross (see Matthew 27). Oh, it was brutal and not at all the scene of the great rescue it was for us. He died for our sins. And yet, three days later He was resurrected to give us new life (See Matthew 28). Things don’t always look like we think, but they are always connected to our redemption plan, our testimony and our Creator. Trust in Him!
I eventually cleaned up the coffee, by that time it was no longer a cross. The moment was quick and beautiful. It could have slipped away. So, just as we are eight days into this month, I wanted to share and not let it slip away. Not one more day.
This month I challenge you to look for these moments. Please share in the comments or email me. After that day, I prayed that the Lord would give me “a moment” every day. Much like the silly elves that bring our children goodies and messages every day. There is something about that isn’t it? To know that someone is giving you a special gift. He has surely out done Himself this year, or is it that I am looking for the gifts? “Every day is a blessing”, those words came to me almost ten years ago after my cancer diagnosis. This ignited that flame again.
Fill that cup of your heart to the absolute with with the Word of God. With books and resources that build up and strengthen your relationship with Him. Surround yourself with people that will pray with you, for you and encourage you to better yourself with the things of God. Find a church and get plugged in with other christians seeking after God.
Begin the process of replacing. Oh yea, broadcast news here..this coffee loving, way too many cups to count gal has officially begun only drinking two cups of coffee and one cup of tea! Miracle in itself..smile! The overflow of God comes with adding and subtracting things and people (including social media) from our lives. For me that has proven true over the past twenty years of desperately seeking Jesus. The beauty of this lifelong process is whatever God removes, He always replaces. Many times, I don’t even realize it until later. Peace is usually a good indicator:) Seasons change.
I can’t wait to hear from you! Pay attention, don’t let today slip away…live, thrive, come out of hiding and survival mode, live! Remember there is always hope, no matter your situation..choose Joy!
“We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it our over the long haul
-not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength
God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spilling over
into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough.”