I love coffee.
I love the way it tastes.
I love the way it smells.
The warm mug in my hands....
Wait a sec. I already covered this didn't I? Yep! I sure did. You can check that out here.
What prompted me to post this was a comment a friend made at work the other day. She said, "When Andi drinks coffee, it looks like she's having a religious experience." We all laughed at the time, because I'm sure it's kind of true. I start my day off with a cup of coffee. I often go to work and check to make sure the coffee is started before I even go to my locker or clock in. Since I love every single aspect of drinking coffee, I tend to hold the cup close to my face and inhale the aroma as I sip slowly. My eyes are often closed, and I tune every thing around me out as I savor those first few sips of rich dark wonderfulness. No additives necessary.
So, as I said, I'm sure her impression of my relationship with coffee could be true.
But it got me to thinking...
What about my time with God in the morning? Sure, I get up most mornings and do a devotion. But am I so committed to that devotion that it must be in place before any other aspect of my day can proceed, like that first cup of coffee? Am I so enchanted with the Word that I know God will give me, that I am able to tune all of my surroundings out and focus only on Him? Is my outlook visibly transformed by the Words I've eagerly drank in?
I think I know the answer to that.
Sandy, over at God Speaks Today, is doing a fast so that she may hear God speak to her more clearly. A 40 day fast to be exact. Good for Sandy! When I read her post tonight, I was reminded of my love for coffee (still haven't conceded that God may have been telling me to fast from my java), and how I would just hate to give up my self proclaimed psychotropic drug.
It's not like I use tons of caffeine. One mug in the morning, and another around 3:30 with my kids while they enjoy an after school snack. I don't usually partake of any other caffeine during the day, but still...
I have this dedication to daily cups of joe at certain times of the day. Very little gets in the way of the ritual. How sad that I don't have that dedication for the God of the universe, my personal Savior!
In Proverbs 8:17 God promises that He loves those who love Him, and those who seek Him find Him.
Matthew 6:33 tells me to seek His kingdom first and His righteousness, and all of my needs will be taken care of.
So I have to ask myself: What the heck is the deal here? Why am I so easily distracted from my time with God? Why do I place so many things before my time with Him? God is very clear that if I earnestly seek Him He will cover all of my needs (Matthew 7:7).
Well, I'm definitely going to be having some talks with God about this one. I know He will have many things to say to me.
So. How about you? What is God nudging you about today?