I got up today, like most mornings.
Thankful the kids let me sleep a full 7-ish hours without me having to give them the "look" to go back to bed and let mommy sleep.
Shuffled my way into the kitchen, bumping into the kitchen counter as my eyes were still not quite open fully and finally making it to the object of my morning obsession - the coffee maker.
Oh it's dark colored liquid of yumminess is comforting to my soul and thinking skills.
In the mornings, I turned to coffee. Late nights out or in, I turned to coffee. Long hours at work, I turned to coffee.
The coffee maker made it's last pot of coffee this morning.
Opening the lid of the coffee container, carefully measuring out the grinds and water - I finally push the "on" button.
Can you smell it? Fresh brewed coffee. Oh, pure heaven!
With my first cup down, I'm more awake and ready for conversation, but still decide for one last cup of the day.
Yep, I'm a 2 cups of coffee a day kinda person. Don't judge me.
I pour my last cup and add a splash of cream. The perfect blend, in my opinion. I go to take a careful sip of this hot liquid gold and IT IS COLD!
I'm so confused. I check the machine to see if someone went behind my back and turned off my coffee maker, but no. It was still turned on. I'm frantically turning it off and back on. I unplug it and try a different outlet.The thought of dealing with a bad outlet could not be worse than a dead coffee maker, right? BUT NO! The outlet was working just fine.
Oh, the disappointment!
My Coffee Maker Died.
Coffee First! Super Important!
Oops. Did you see that?
I said coffee was first and super important in my life.
There is nothing wrong with coffee, but as I was half way freaking out, I felt God nudging my heart - time for a lesson.
No matter how long and hard I work on my relationship with God, He still gives me these teaching moments.
Whether you've been a christian for one day or you are the oldest living christian walking the planet - God will have teachable moments for His children. We never "arrive" as Christians.
Thank God for His Grace.
Imagine a kid rolling her eyes, slouching her shoulders and saying, "Oh fine".
Yep that was me. Spoiled. Bad attitude. Not in the mood.
Hello, my coffee maker just died!
But knowing I'm not in control and MUST listen to the lesson God had for me, I submit.
The questions God placed on my heart...
God: Do you put me first?
Me: Of course! I try to. Really I do.
God: Do you love Me more than coffee?
Me: Yes! Of course.
God: Is your daily time with Me a routine that you fight for without falter?
Me: Of course our time together is very important, but I see what you are getting at.
God: Would it concern you as much if you missed one day of us being together?
Me: I understand, Lord.
I must put God first - unquestionably - first in my life.
Instead of our first thoughts of the day to be about coffee, our long to-do lists, our children or our husband; it should be to God - thanking Him and worshiping Him.
God in all His grace and love, used my silly coffee moment this morning to remind me to check myself, thoughts and schedule to make sure that I put Him first in ALL I do.
Indeed, this is nothing new to me, nor any other christian, but life and coffee seem to know how to distract us at times.
It's good to be reminded that God cares so much for me as to have this moment of encouraging me to keep Him at the forefront of my mind, actions and life.
He has the same love and grace for you!