If I could have coffee with God . . . From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power, and welcome back to this series. I have to tell you, this is a series that is really close to my heart and inspired by my love for Him and my longing to one day be with Him in eternity. Grab your coffee and let’s go to that quiet place to ask Him a very personal question.

I love Saturday mornings because usually, my husband and I get to sit and have coffee and talk, not about anything in particular, but just things in general. It’s a great time of connecting for us and our two four-legged kids are right there with us. 🙂 Well, just this past Saturday, you know, the day we were all supposed to be raptured ( 🙂 ), I was thinking about this series and I asked George, “So if you could have coffee with God, what would you ask him?”

He didn’t hesitate at all. “Will You take me back with You?”

I looked over at him and gave him one of my looks. “Come on, honey. If you were having coffee with Him, you’d already be in His presence, so what would you ask Him?”

His words changed but the meaning of his answer didn’t change in the least. “When can I come home?”

I started to object again, and then I swallowed the words I was going to say for a couple of reasons. One was I didn’t want to minimize whatever emotions he might have been feeling at that moment, and another is because I understand exactly what he means.

As we go out into the world with the intention to offer encouragement and reach out to others, the more often we come face to face with some ugly truths. One of the biggest ones is that being God-centered and God-focused is not only hard to be, and hard to find in others, but definitely not popular in our world today, but we must remember this truth: that we are in this world, not of this world. John 18:36 tells us that His kingdom is not of this world and I want to be part of His kingdom, not this one!

Everywhere we turn, flesh beckons us away from our spiritual self, away from our convictions, threatening to sweep us along with the rest of the world so we look just like everyone else.

We’ve become so dependent on so many things other than Him and while I don’t believe that these comforts of life that we enjoy are bad, I do believe they have distracted us from our dependence on our Creator. The less dependent we become on Him, the more dependent we are on self. I don’t know about you, but that’s not a pretty picture.

Let me paraphrase an email that I just received to illustrate my point. One evening, a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events and he asked her what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general. Let me stop there. Shootings in school were NEVER a part of my conversations growing up but let’s continue with this true story.

Grandma replied, “Well, I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Zerox machines, contact lenses, and there were no credit cards or laser beams. Man had not invented air conditioners, dishwashers and clothes dryers. Man hadn’t yet walked on the moon and we never heard of FM radios, let alone CD’s, processed food and the like.”

How old is she, the grandson silently wondered.

Grandma continued. “I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out, and the term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam. Gas was only 11 cents a gallon and you could buy a new Ford Coupe for only $600 but then, who could afford one?”

She continued to look at her grandson with eyes of love. “In my day,” she continued, “grass was mowed, coke was a cold drink, pot was something your mom cooked in and Aids were helpers in the principal’s office. Hardware was found in a hardware store, and software wasn’t even a word. We were the last generation to actually believe that  a lady needed a husband to have a baby.” She shook her head in silent sadness, lost in her own trance while the grandson continued to listen, amazed by all the facts that she was sharing with him.

“No wonder people call us ‘old and confused.’” She chuckled and looked at her grandson who was not laughing in the least.

“How old are you?” he asked incredulously, not being able to hold it any longer.

She didn’t hesitate a second: “I’m just 59, my dear, just 59.”

See what I mean, life is moving at such a fast pace and the older we get the faster it goes, but that’s not even the problem. It’s just that the more things we invent and create the less dependent upon our Creator that His creation becomes.

So I guess I wouldn’t mind asking Him when He’s taking me, but I think I know what He would tell me. I think He would remind you and me that though we are in this world, we must not conform to become of this world. I think He would also tell us that the harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few, and that I must continue to fight the good fight and encourage one heart at a time. I think He would also tell you and me to not lose heart for He has already overcome the world with all its inventions.

Be encouraged,

Evinda

 

 

 

 

P.S. Would you all join me in praying for the people of Joplin, MO. who have suffered a horrible tornado that has taken the lives of 116 and that number is still rising, destroyed a hospital and they are still trying to find the majority of the patients, and may we all cling to Romans 8:28 on their behalf.

P.S.S. After watching a five-minute preview online for The Bachelorette, I have decided that I will NOT be doing a weekly blog on it, but may interject one every now and then. 🙂

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