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Topic: STEAM (12/03/15)
- TITLE: A Woman is like a Tea Bag
By Judy Sauer
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According to Eleanor Roosevelt, A woman is like a tea bag. She doesn't realize how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
Her face glistened from the moistened sprays while cleaning a load of breakfast dishes. There goes that steam again fogging up her glasses…time to take a break.
With her bible and journal, Ellie plopped into the corner booth to spend time in God's grace. She opened her heart in prayer, and poured out her thoughts on the journal's pages. Life had been unkind these past few years, but Ellie still felt blessed by God’s goodness.
Ellie focused on two scripture passages that she clung to much of her adult life. Matthew 6:25, 27 NIV.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Can any one of you by worrying add a single day to your life?
Ellie looked up and saw Oliver. He was a daily patron who ordered the same thing—two eggs over medium, hash browns, and coffee. She liked how he cupped his hands around his coffee mug to capture the smells from the steam. A smile crossed her face as she recalled him saying "You can taste more through your nose than with your taste buds. There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh brewed coffee to perk up my morning.
The bells on the door chimed and it brought Ellie back to the present. She had a nice break—she was thankful for the respite. In bolted a young woman. Tears had streamed down her face, and black mascara left its mark. Ellie hurried over to the breathless woman. "Is something wrong?" Ellie asked.
"You could say that," replied the woman. She stammered, and finally blurted out, "I am so worried. Do you have some hot tea? My nerves should calm down after tea."
"Yes we do. It will take just a minute. Pick a booth and I'll get your tea." When Ellie returned with the tea she brought over a piece of freshly baked, piping hot cherry pie.
"I only have money to pay for the tea."
"Don't worry. This is my treat." She seemed in need of a friendly ear to listen so Ellie sat down.
The lady wrapped her hands around the cup for warmth. It appeared as if the rising vapors from the tea lifted her spirits some.
"What are you worried about, if you don't mind my asking?" Ellie pulled tissues out of her apron and placed them on the table.
Grabbing a tissue, the young lady cried. She sobbed so hard that it took her breath away. "I'm scared because so much of life has crumbled before me. I lost my job, my husband left, my car died, and I have no money to pay rent."
"What's your name sweetie?" Ellie asked.
"Well Jewel, I was in your place not long ago. Now I'm past the fears because I read a bible verse every day, and it really helped! We can’t add a single day to our life by worrying! Did you know we’re like a tea bag? We don’t realize how strong we are until we get into hot water.
Oliver interrupted. He wanted to cash out. Ellie needed to get back to work and excused herself.
Ellie kept a watchful eye on Jewel as time passed by. Two hours later, Jewel knew what needed to be done. "Do you know where the closest shelter is located?" asked Jewel.
"Three blocks down on the left. It's called New Life Center. There isn't a better place for a new beginning."
Jewel asked, "Could you write down that bible verse about worrying? I need something strong to hold on to."
"Sure. It's Matthew 6:27. Can any one of you by worrying add a single day to your life? Hold it close to your heart. It really calmed my spirits. It will calm yours too.”
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