Do you know the feeling when some days simply feel extra blessed and joyful? And although your coffee is much too dark of a roast for your taste, some how it's quite enjoyable because it just feels so nicely warm and cozy inside your mug? I had one of those days yesterday. It was wonderful. But, it made me ponder, life is a lot like that bad roast of coffee at times. It can still be stemming hot with unpleasant flavors, no matter how much we try to sweeten it up with honey or mellow it out with cream. But, see, that's the problem, we're trying to fix these harsh grounds of life ourselves without reaching for our cozy, white mug, and going through life knowing that there will be unpleasant moments, but embracing all that we have because our God is with us. Jesus is a bit like our warm, cozy, white mug. He holds together our lives, all wrapped up in his grace and steadfast love. He protects us from the damaging, hot liquids of life, not always completely removing them and the bitter tastes, but making them easier to bear. He opens our eyes and hearts to see and feel His unconditional love for us through the warmth of the mug: Jesus.
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." -Matthew 11:29-30
The thoughts of life being (at times) our cup of bitter coffee and Jesus being our safe, warm mug, holding our lives together, reminds me of the story of the Red Sea. God didn't remove the sea from the face of the earth, which he could have done, but he parted a path through it for the Israelites as the Egyptians were hunting them down. The path made them have to take faith to walk through the sea. It made them stronger in the Lord.
The same goes for our lives now. There will be times that we feel that life is so bitter and it's all about to crash down upon us. But instead of attempting to cover it up with lots of cream and sugar all on our own, reach for the One who holds your heart. He's waiting for you to pour your life into Him. To hold Him tightly to your chest and walk through that sea that seems impossible. He has made a way. Have faith. Walk through it.