My Shiny Red Cup
by Rhea Riddle
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"Oh Morning Star together we shall face the light of day, my heart desires Your presence Lord, please guide my stumbling way!"
Revelations 22:16....Beautiful name...
Speaking of my shiny red coffee cup, you know the one, the ten ounce big boy that holds liquid life for me in the morning? Well, we are taking a final autumn trip together still in the dark of day, there is a flash of light in the kitchen from the refrigerator as I grab a quick splash of cream, I then trek by memory into the depths of the family room on the way to the back deck. The door opens easily and the cup and I slide silently out into the, more than, crisp air. Not a drop is spilt from my cup as with just a little squeak I settle easily into my old-fashioned green metal swing, perfect, I'm off to a good start. My toes, in heavy socks, are all working correctly no stubbing, no popping, no curling at strange angles; it was a good "trip", so far so good!
Why am I doing this before the one little beam of light has even begun to push its way here to my backyard? I think I am reaching out for the day, at the same time I am pushing it away! This is my attempt to stave off winter that is coming as sure and as fast as that little red sled barreling down snow covered Spice Knob Hill. I wrap my brown woolen Indian blanket-made in China-tightly around me, my cup resting between my collarbone and chin. The steam wafts up my nose giving relief from sinus pressure and teases my caffeine depleted senses, now is the time and I drink deeply. I like my coffee just the same as my weather, slightly hot, fresh and aromatic, just like a summer day, and I get emotional about both!
Now we wait, my cup and I, and soon there is a rustling in the almost leaf barren crabapple tree, Oh yeah! It is the early birds; my beautiful Kentucky cardinals, checking out the sunflower seeds that make their day; and now come the Robins looking for the tasty worms that are surely frostbitten by now, so easily they can feast on worms too sluggish to make a fast get-away! They began their morning hymn, and I began my praise. I truly am grateful for so much, may my gratitude ease my dread of seemingly endless winter, the very word sounds so harsh and cold and colorless, WINT-ER. “God, help me see your beauty in a black and white harsh world.”
I feel more than see, a warm tinge in the sky behind me, the day is breaking, my sun is rising, my spirits are rising, my bottom is rising as I make my way into the house with my cup for a refill, then back to the swing in a flash. I do not want to miss one second of day wakening, I can now see my breath as I exhale little ghosts of vapor and it mingles with the steam from my cup. I am enjoying my early cup, my birds, my swing, and my day. I really could use two blankets from China, but I am facing this day fearlessly, it may be the last early outside start for me until springtime, my spring, my glorious, my beautiful word, "spring".
My cup is cooling and I am fully awake, I have my morning Bible and "up close" time with the Maker of this day. Now I hear my husband stirring, soon he will seek and find me and we will grab hold of this day for all it is worth, we are learning to celebrate "time". Celebrate I will ,even though that frigid season will soon be here, I’ll celebrate inside, without a close up, of my birds, my sun, my swing, and my day, but they are still there on the other side of glass just waiting for me to come back in person. My shiny red cup and I will become even closer as we "cozy up" through these frozen days ahead. And, maybe I… will… learn… to enjoy the blessings of snuggle time. .
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I wonder if we are related in some way -- I LOVE coffee, I LOVE spring, and I LOVE going outside to study God's Word! I also love the way you wrote this. Good job! :)
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Oh, I loved this on so many levels, from the coffee, to the sunrise, to just watching a sunrise and communing with God. This is wonderful! Thanks!