I took this picture a couple nights ago when I got in my car after teaching at church Wednesday night. To most people this is just a picture of a cup of coffee. To me, it was God letting me know that I am seen and loved by Him.
Let me explain. I had left my coffee on my kitchen counter as I ran out the door that night. I had been distracted by a phone conversation. It was a conversation that I was hoping would bring a solution to a situation. But instead, I felt a bit unheard and a little dismissed and not exactly feeling “the love.”
When I got to church, I walked into the cafe and without having to say much more than me needing some coffee, a sweet friend of mine said, “Girl, I got you. You go on with what you need to do. I'll bring the coffee to your class. She even knew the "skim milk no whip" part (I know, sad and boring but much needed for my heart health). I smiled and went on to worship. Truth is that I was needing more than coffee to get my heart in the right place.
As I walked back to the classroom, I had completely forgotten about the coffee, (I know, craziness). So when I found this lovely cup of fresh coffee on the podium next to my bible waiting for me, I think I could literally feel my heart smile. Yes, even though I had forgotten about it, the coffee was still much needed and it was delightful. However, it was so much more than a delightful and much-needed cup of coffee to me. It was almost as if I could hear God saying, “You know that teaching you are about to deliver for me tonight? Yeah, the women you are sharing that message with are not the only ones dearly loved by me. I see you too…and I dearly love you. I saw that in the frustration of the moment you left without your coffee and you really wanted it. So I got you a fresh cup.” Sweet mercy! I just smiled, thanked God for His kindness, was able to put that phone conversation in the right perspective and moved forward. Ok. Ok. I did take a sip first.
Maybe someone out there needs this reminder like I did just a few nights ago. Feelings can feel so strong, can’t they? However, even the strongest of felt feelings remain that…feelings.
Even the strongest of feelings are no match to the truth found in God’s Word. Whatever the feeling is, the truth is that no phone conversation and no circumstance can change the fact that God loves you. I love the reminder of Jeremiah 31:3 where God’s Word says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
Sweet friend, He loves us so much that when He sees your cup of coffee sitting on your kitchen counter, He has one personally delivered to you. Because He knows that while it may be just a cup of coffee to some, it will speak life into your heart and draw you to His kindness and His everlasting love for you.
God sees you and your situation. Nothing escapes Him. He cares about the big, the small, and every detail in between. He sees your “cup of coffee” and wants you to know that He dearly loves you.
I share this with you to encourage you to notice the little “love notes” He leaves for you along the way. I share this with you in hopes that it will encourage us to pay attention to when He wants to use us to deliver a “love note” to someone in need of one…even if through a simple cup of coffee.
I pray that you would be drawn to His kindness and experience the fullness of His everlasting love today.