But every once in awhile, you may have a morning where your first cup of coffee is just horrid. Tell me you know what I'm talking about? Maybe your coffee-making mojo was off that particular morning. Or you're staying somewhere unfamiliar and they just don't make coffee like you're used to.
However, since you're "a-lover-of-coffee, can't-start-my-morning-without-it" kind of person, like me...You scrunch up your nose and drink it anyway. You love coffee too much to go a morning without it. Because you know without going through with it, your day will just seem off. Without it, you won't be quite you for that morning. You take it, because you know in the end, it'll be good for you all around.
I'm not alone here, am I? Hang with me...
I find the phase of life I'm in right now to be much like a bad cup of coffee. I'm not particularly thrilled with all that this weird stage has brought me, but at the same time, I know I have to grin and bare it, until I've made it through.
Sure, it would be much easier to just give up, move on, and do my own thing. To put down that bad mug of coffee. But, as a Christian, a person who has completely given my life to Christ, I'm no longer in charge of where I go and all that I do. My life is no longer my own...
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20a
I am His. I belong to Him. My future, my present, my hopes, my dreams...They all belong to Him. So, I may not particularly like where I am in this awkward stage, but because I know His plans are far greater than my own, I stay put. I learn from the hard lessons, even when most days I want to refuse to learn. But I know I need to. I take it....Like a bad cup of coffee. Because I know without trusting in Him, I'm not quite me.
My life is so much in Him that I can't do life without Him. Even my struggles belong to Him, because even in those hard times, He is working out His plans and making me into the person He so desires me to be. In that I take comfort.
I know, that when the time is right, when I'm ready, when I've learned all that He wants me to learn, I'll move on from this unfamiliar place. I'll move back to mornings with really, really good cups of coffee.