The Coffee that Never Runs Out
When I was little, I received a play kitchen for Christmas. Part of that set was a toy coffee pot and cups. These were a favorite in my little kitchen. Not only because they reminded me of Grandma Brown, but because they were magic, at least in my mind.
The coffee pot and cups had brown liquid in them. Inverted, all of the liquid would disappear. When turned upright, the “coffee” would percolate back down into the base. It was just like my mom’s glass coffee pot that percolated on the stove. When I pretended to drink the coffee from the cups, the coffee disappeared as the cup was tilted.
It didn’t matter how many pots of coffee I “made” there was always more “coffee” in the pot. My doll and I drank so much coffee, I’m sure that is what stunted her growth. She’s still the same size as she was when I was 4. We would “drink” coffee every day. I never ran out.
God’s Love in the Midst of Our Pain
Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations. As the title suggests, he was lamenting the destruction of the temple. I really like this book of the Bible. It reminds you that you can be real with God. Jeremiah was sad, confused, he didn’t know what God was up to; he couldn’t see how all of this was going to work out.
Have you been there: desperate, sacred, weary, confused, and seemingly abandoned? Don’t worry. God’s big enough. He can take your questions. He can withstand your lament. He knows you’re dust. Jeremiah didn’t sugar-coat his feelings.
One of my very favorite scripture passages is in Lamentations 3
“So I say, ‘My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.’
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'”
Lamentations 3:18-24 NIV
Yes, I can remember all of the bad times: I can remember the dark days of my first husband’s illness, I can remember the turmoil in my family when I was a young adult, I can remember all the uncertainty, fear and desperation.
When I ponder it for too long, my soul is down cast. Obviously, that is not a bad thing. God used Jeremiah as a model. God can take it, He really can. I can let Him know I don’t understand what He’s doing. I can let Him know I don’t think He’s being fair. I can let Him know I’m tired and irritated. (He knows my heart anyway.)
God did use this as a model, so be sure and catch the most important part. I think it’s the word “YET”. You can moan and groan and you can pout and fret but YET you have to move beyond that to the truth which may or may not be visible in the moment of your groaning: It’s because of the Lord’s great love, you are not consumed!
The affliction, wandering, bitterness and gall to use Jeremiah’s words, maybe real, sometimes life here on earth stinks. As real as those situations are, God superimposes His love, mercy, compassion and faithfulness on every one of those situations.
You are not consumed because, as a believer, you have a Father in Heaven who loves you and every day faithfully gives you a whole, new, bottomless pot of mercy, love and compassion.
Let that bring you hope today.