ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Cup

Updated on January 15, 2013

Mmmmm?

The Cup

The Cup

Allow me a moment or two of your time please.

I should like to share a story with you from my past and of my friendship with someone who has since been called home.

Sitting in the beautiful morning sun of the Appalachian mountains, and getting ready to enjoy a cup of coffee with my best friend Jim, he asked me if "I would like to have some creamer for my coffee," to which I responded "yes please."

As he dug into a Rubbermaid tote searching for the creamer I thought about the progress we had made in building this cabin of his, and sitting on this rustic looking covered porch enjoying that bright early May morning helped me realize a part of his dream and vision of creating a homestead for himself and his wife on those five acres of his. "Here it is"" he said, "I knew it was there" and he handed me the small, round Tupperware container full of creamer. As I spooned the first and stirred and then a second and stirred the contents of the cup, I began to daydream of what the day's events would bring, we were to just enjoy the weekend and the soak up the progress of former weekends and we had no schedule to run by, just relax and admire all that surrounded us.

Another spoonful and finally the desired cup of coffee had been established, sweet and pleasant to taste, a good way to jumpstart my brain and senses.

Jimmy and I just sat and watched, the birds, the squirrels, the trees, all alive and all magnificent in their own way, God's country.

Then, I could not understand what happened at the time, but something had gotten into my cup and I started to choke and gag, Jimmy looking at me with concern, I waved him off, gasping and finally managing to say "bug or something," Thinking a flying insect had landed in my cup and my drinking of the contents with bug causing my reaction, I stared into the cloudy contents stirring with my spoon once again.

Nothing, except a spoonful of ivory colored slime. "What is this" I wondered aloud? Jimmy saying, "what do you got there?" He looked, and then he went to the tote and removed the Tupperware container with the creamer. He opened it. Wet his finger and tasted a sample declaring "this is potatoes, you just drank instant mashed potatoes with your coffee."

What a laugh that was, and still is to this day. My adventure with coffee in the wilderness.

I'm reminded of how the Pharisees of the Bible were always so worried about their outward appearance, and yet on the inside they were full of hate for those who challenged their traditions and interpretations of the "law."

Jesus told them, "First wash the inside of the cup and the outside will be clean also (Matt. 23:25-26)

Today, while drinking another cup of coffee and at a restaurant (Old Country Buffet) with my mens church group, I remembered that moment and another scripture: But you are only warm—not hot, not cold. So I am ready to spit you out of my mouth. Rev, 3:16 (ERV)

This, I have discovered, is like my life. The cup and the contents. I am like the cup and the contents are those things I experience in life; some I keep, others I "spit out" and even still sometimes I share. Both good and bad I share, and then the contents of my cup, my soul, are either accepted or rejected. No harm intended, just openly shared that perhaps together we can appreciate or dismiss the experience.

We are vessels in the eyes of the LORD, made to carry forth from ourselves what has been poured in from outside of us, both good and bad and we learn from those experiences, love and pain. We share that we may serve each other as the Lord has served us.

This was and is a story about the contents of the cup, and not about the cup itself, God as you remember does bother to look at outward appearances, but only the inside and He is the Creator, not man, Amen.

Romans 9:19-21 (ERV) 19 So one of you will ask me, “If God controls what we do, why does he blame us for our sins?” 20 Don’t ask that. You are only human and have no right to question God. A clay jar does not question the one who made it. It does not say, “Why did you make me like this?” 21 The one who makes the jar can make anything he wants. He uses the same clay to make different things. He might make one thing for special purposes and another for daily use.

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Content

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963.

Content; not what's on the outside, but rather what we are like when we interact with others, all others, regardless of our differences. I find it most interesting how King David in Psalm 23 is before his enemies and then the LORD anoints him, the LORD wants all to know he has chosen David and has blessed him, to the point of David's cup running over. God had been watching when no one else could see and God knows our hearts, just as He knew David.

What is overflowing from our cup, bitterness perhaps? It could be that anger and resentment are indeed flowing from us, so many of us have become just numbers, in a world only full of more numbers. Where is our blessing? We lost jobs, we lost homes, we lost our self-esteem even; can we still find or manage to share something sweet from within ourselves? We have become drunk from this bitter cup; we are staggering, where is the sugar to sweeten this bitter drink?


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • noturningback profile imageAUTHOR

      noturningback 

      5 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      Thank you Mhatter99 for your comment. Thanks also for the info you sent me, I have made an inquiry.

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Nice story and well written. Thank you.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)