Every morning, I drink a cup of tea. Right now, decaf green is my first choice, but I’ve gone through phases of rooibos, decaf earl gray and even licorice spice.
I fill a mug with water and pop it in the microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Every day. I take it out, plop the tea bag in and settle on the couch with my computer to catch up on Facebook and sip my tea. And when I’m done, I take the cup back to the kitchen and set it by the sink. Sometimes, I take the tea bag out of the cup and give it a rinse, but if I’m in a hurry, I skip this step.
If I don’t take a moment to rinse out that cup, the residual tea leaves a brown stain, one that can’t be removed with just a quick rinse, or even dish soap. However, if I take a few moments to rinse the cup, there is just the slightest evidence of tea.
You all probably know by now that I like my metaphors. And this cup of tea, no doubt, is a metaphor.
We are that cup of tea. God is the rinse. Of course, Jesus removes our “stain” when we accept his gift of salvation. But over time, the struggles and stresses of life build up a different kind of stain – one that occurs from not daily going to the Lord for renewal.
When my tea cup gets stained, I take some extra time to sprinkle baking soda in it and gently, yet firmly scrub it out. Prayer is the baking soda, God is the scrub brush.
Potentially an uncomfortable situation, but the world is better and brighter after we undergo this.
But there is an alternative. We can take time daily to “rinse”. Go to God.
Recognize his sovereignty and give him praise.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:9-10)
Ask for help for that day.
“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matt 6:11)
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” (Matt 6:12)
Ask for strength for the day, and protection from the Enemy.
“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt 6:13)
And then take a moment to let the Lord respond, to fill you with peace and joy, byproducts of His presence in your life.
“Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10a)
We have the choice – we can keep our tea cups clean, or let the stain build up. How is your tea cup looking?