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It’s an espresso night. Cinnamon studded foam lingers on the rim of my coffee mug, sighing in unison with me at its nearly-empty contents. A wide rim invites deep splurging, as the delicately painted leaf in the bottom of the cup greets my gaze with ceramic comfort.

Ahh, it’s been a nice experience,” my coffee mug gushes. “You and me. Me and you. Together forever.”

Oh, Dear,” I think, “my coffee is talking to me again. And there isn’t even a little Green Mermaid in sight. That’s what I get for missing so much sleep lately.

Yet, despite my coffee’s overly-communicative nature, a full cup was a wise decision. Surrounded as I was today by a fog of Dayquil and “Monday-ness,” the steamy goodness of a freshly-frothed espresso took the edge off my injured rib cage and bone-weariness. Now, as I reflect back on the long day, I realize what a good day – albeit full – it has been. Recalling my early morning’s devotion, I am reminded of the story of Esther. A Bible commentator was faithful to point out that even Esther underwent a year of preparation before God’s appointed time arrived for her to woo the king, sacrifice her safety, and save her people. Surely, I can learn to trust God’s timing, as well as His will. That, at least, is the haven that I have taken refuge in today . . .

How was your day? Are you cuddled up on the couch with your own comforting mug of coffee, reflecting on the events of the day? Are you stretched out in a recliner, enjoying some mindless channel surfing? Are you playing with your children, amazed by the perspectives that children bring to life? Do you still have many items to cross off your to-do list before you allow yourself to unwind? Did you have a challenging day at work?

Please ponder these words from Psalm 127:1-2, “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.”

Beloved, allow the Lord to give you sleep, both resting your soul and resting your body. Enjoy your preferred cup of bliss. Enjoy a cup of catharsis.

 

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