Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"A Cup of Coffee Sure Would be Nice"

As I type this, my hand alternately holds a cup of steaming hot coffee. Sipping the fresh fragrant beverage reminds me of Mrs. 'Nirva.

Mrs. Minerva was one of the sweetest women at the convalescent home where we hold church services. Each Sunday or Tuesday when we were there, you would hear Mrs. 'Nirva (as she wanted to be called) say one of several favorite phrases. One was "Every day's a good day!" This cheerful sentiment would be expressed frequently throughout a single meeting. She would also be heard to say, "This is a lovely little chapel!"

The phrase she repeated which touched my heart the most, perhaps because I alwayA photo of a cup of coffee.Image via Wikipedias agreed without fail, was, "A cup of coffee sure would be nice!"

Mrs. Nirva loved coffee. For a long time I wondered why the care-givers wouldn't just give her a cup of coffee. Then they told methey had indeed given her coffee, but she would immediately forget she had just finished a cup and would begin to ask for another. Mrs. Nirva had a continual longing for coffee, (me, too!).

Everyone longs for something. Some may long for a child to fill their house. Others may long for their nest to be empty. Some may long for a big house, some for a smaller house. Some long for a job, some long for retirement. Some long for the companionship of a mate, some long for the quiet of solitude. Some long for peace, others for the stimulation of debate. Everyone longs for something.

The truth of the matter is that our hearts are actually longing for the Lord Jesus. As the song says, "For our lonely hearts are made only for Christ Jesus. They rest not until they find the Lamb of Calvary."

Often we think we are searching for something. . .the healing of an illness, the healing of a broken heart, the finding of something lost. . .and when we actually find those things we find our hearts still have an aching in our hearts, a place not quite filled.

We will never be fulfilled, never be satisfied, until we look to the One who came to be our satisfaction and fulfillment. The Lord Himself told us, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33)."

When we first seek Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith, as the "one thing needful" then all those other things can be added. They will be the whipped cream on top of the Cafe Mocha, not the coffee itself, but an added something that adds to it.

"But Christ is all, and in all.(Colossians 3:11)"

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