I remember buying a brand new coffeemaker some time ago, and how I looked forward to that first fresh pot of coffee as I set it up on the counter-top, filled the back with water, added my freshly ground coffee, swung the top shut, turn on the switch, and hurried off to get ready for work as it brewed....the smell wafted through the house, so inviting and full of promise......but when I went back into the kitchen, ready to pour that first cup, what I saw was so far from what I expected, I just stood there and cried at the sight.
I had been in such a rush, not taking the time I should have, I'd filled the top with my coffee, but had forgotten to put in the filter, and to make matters worse, I had not made sure the top was secure before I turned on the switch. There was coffee all right, all over the counter, mixed in with wet coffee grounds - because of my haste, my inattention to what I should have done, I had a mess instead of that anticipated treat.
It reminds me of my life before I met you.... when all of my life was like that...I done all the 'right' things, I thought I was doing it right, but there were some vital things I'd forgot. So many times, I would do things in my life with too much haste, and not enough thought.... but the biggest mistake of all, was trying to do it myself, thinking I was sufficient for the task. I'd nearly given up with the mess that I had made, but finally I turned and asked God.... to take this mess I'd made, and fix it if He could.... for my hope was gone, and I really thought 'too late'.... I’d pushed Him out too many times to think He would.
But, He smiled at me, and cleaned up the mess, clearing away all the debris and the shame, and this time He made a new pot of coffee, and this time, the filter was His word.... and He remembered to do every detail, the things that I'd forgot, and reminded me gently that He was always there...to help me when I stumbled, to be there in my despair, to make right all that I'd done wrong.
Once I'd let Him be the coffee-maker, and His word be the filter of the brew, He knew I then was ready to go a different way, and he added to the mixture, a new kind of coffee, he brought us together and blended as He ground, the two of us would become one, and make the best coffee around! So every day we start out fresh, newly ground and mixed with prayer, to make of our day the best coffee of all, the fragrance is wonderful, the taste even better...and we know this is the best it's ever been, but we also know that tomorrow will be better, so much more than today, for in the using up of what we have today, tomorrow will be richer than today has been.
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