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Morning Coffee with Jesus - October 17, 2011
Greetings loved ones! Happy Monday!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Psalm 34:8. “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Yesterday morning I stepped out of “routine” for breakfast. With the sun shining in my windows and autumn pushing summer away, I arose early and, with time on my hands, I prepared a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.
Now I won’t go so far as to say that I prepared the old fashioned oatmeal – I’m not that patient in the morning when my belly is growling at me. I prepared the instant kind. When I poured the boiling water into the bowl, the smell of strawberries and cream wafted through the kitchen. I spied my cats sniffing the air – it smelled good to them too.
With the first taste of the oatmeal, memories came flooding back to when I was young and life was a whole lot easier. It was an, “Ahhhhhh,” moment and I savored every bit of it.
Do you recall a time when you broke from routine and went to God with your trials and tribulations? As the hymn says, “Take it to the Lord in prayer.” On those occasions when I was perplexed, frustrated, angry, fearful, and just plain old stressed out, when I finally got to the end of “me,” I went to God with “it,” whatever “it” happened to be at the moment.
As I knelt in prayer the memories came flooding back then, too. Memories of being there, before the throne of God Almighty, petitioning, asking God to take the load from my shoulders. And the memories of knowing the load had been given (God would never take it without me giving it) and that my problems were now God’s problems caused me to remember those times passed when I had done exactly the same thing and somehow the situation worked out – another “Ahhhhh” moment.
Yes, God is good. And, to top it off, God is faithful. Be persistent in prayer. Ask, seek, knock and keep on asking, seeking and knocking. Satan’s tactic is to discourage you so you will be ineffective for God’s kingdom. Don’t give in to it! Your faithfulness will be rewarded. Isn’t that the best, “Ahhhh” moment of all?
Have an awesome day in Jesus!