Like a warm mug of coffee

06:59:00 Karen Li 0 Comments

I have been having conversations to people about coffee over the last week. Given this time of semester in a student's life, it's understandable that this is a topic often talked about. 

There has been a long history of coffee. Some say the drink has been around since the 17th century, long before starbucks opened it's doors with funky varieties of coffee. 

Coffee though, is a substance, a drug, a CNS stimulant. While occasional drinkers of coffee may see some social and physical benefits, other people might see more adverse effects. People CAN suffer from withdrawal from coffee. If you always have a morning coffee, your body prepares itself for the caffeine hit in the morning. If not gratified, symptoms, similar to those of nicotine addiction or heavier drug addiction can be found. We can't keep our mind off it, we might have cold like symptoms, feel a drain in energy, etc. 

So how do we "power up" during times of intense pressure, work/study demands? We can choose to rely on substances (noting there are short and long term effects), we can choose to have a short run to stimulate endorphins and clear our heads, we choose to smile a little and distract ourselves. 

I'm all for catching up over a warm cuppa. It's a lovely conversation opener and it's always easy to get good free advice from supervisors over a coffee. But to depend on coffee in times of stress and burden? I think we, as followers of Christ have an even better solution. Jesus promised that he will lift up our burdens. He promised that he will give us rest. We don't have to carry the burdens by ourselves, by prayer, sharing with your brothers and sisters in christ, we can rely on Jesus. 

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

For the last 2 years, I have been a coffee addict in remission. I no longer depend on substances to get me through tougher days at work. Instead, we can rely on the great love God has for us, not just in eternity, but here today, now. He will lift your present burdens, whatever is weighing you down. His higher hands are leading you through the present, the next few hours, today, this week, all the way up to eternity.

God's gracious love can hold you, hug you and fill you up like a warm mug of coffee. 

Might go enjoy a nice soy chai latte now ~ which technically isn't coffee. 
So until next time, even if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains :)

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