Imperfect Coffee & Quiet Times

I can never quite have the perfect quiet time with God. I crave sipping a warm, cream filled cup of coffee as the sun rises and basking in the glory of God’s Word with serenity circling around me. Instead, the adorable dog begs for my attention, my phone presses the doorbell of my mind with text notifications, my to-do list seems to jump out of every page of Scripture and before I know it – I’ve only taken one swig of sweet delicious coffee, and it now tastes like cold chalky leftovers. Moment ruined. And I wonder –

God how can I find You in the midst of my messy, loud, imperfect life?

A large crowd was following and pressing against Him. A woman suffering from bleeding for 12 years had endured much under many doctors. She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. Having heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His robe.  For she said, “If I can just touch His robes, I’ll be made well!” Instantly her flow of blood ceased, and she sensed in her body that she was cured of her affliction.

At once Jesus realized in Himself that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My robes?”

His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing against You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”

So He was looking around to see who had done this. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came with fear and trembling, fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth. “Daughter,” He said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be free from your affliction.” –Mark 5:24-34

And You show me the answer:

I simply show up.

I press in.

I reach for You… and You meet me way more than half way. You see through the chaos, and You find me. When I look at my imperfect cup of coffee, my messy life, I pray that you would remind me to stare into Beer Lahai Roi  – The well of the Living One who sees me. You see me. Thank you Lord, for desiring to know me. I confess that I often just want your miracles – purpose, peace, perfection, answered prayers – but You want to meet me, you want a lasting, deeper relationship that isn’t based on niceties or superficialities. The craziness around me does not deter You, my sin did not repel You, my imperfections do not disappoint You. Instead, they entice You- as it is Your M.O. to show kindness while Your well-deserved wrath hangs damned behind a blood-soaked cross so that sinners like me can be redeemed. This is knowledge too wonderful for me to comprehend.

Quiet my soul,

be still,

sit before the

steadfast immovable throne of God,

the everlasting King. He will not be moved. His kingdom will not be

shaken. In Him I put my hope. In Him, I believe.

Be still, quiet and reverent before God. He

heals, He

forgives, He

loves. Oh my

soul,

sing praises.

7 thoughts on “Imperfect Coffee & Quiet Times

  1. JESUS (May he be blessed forever) IN CHRISTIANITY: The second member of the Triune God, the Son of the first part of the Triune God, and at the same time “fully” God in every respect.
    JESUS (May he be blessed forever) IN ISLAM: A very elect and highly esteemed messenger of God. No Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe this.

    Al Quran: Surah/Chapter 005 – Al-Mâ’idah. Verse 75.
    The Messiah, son of Mary (Jesus), was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother (Mary) was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how we make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away!

  2. Hi Mushtaq! Thank you for reading my post and for sharing your insights about Islam. I appreciate discussing the important matter of religion and Jesus. It is fascinating that Jesus is an important figure in Islam and Christianity. I would like to share with you two verses that are near to my heart from the Bible –

    John chapter 14, verse 6:
    “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

    Matthew chapter 22, verses 37-40:
    “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it – Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.'”

    Thank you again for sharing with me Mushtaq. May we all experience and show the love of God. Have a good day!

  3. One of my favorite Christian speakers, Graham Cooke, once said that quiet times with God were like going up to the top of a really big building. Some days, you get to take the elevator, and it’s really easy. You just get in an push the button, and you’re there. Other days, you have to take the stairs. And sometimes, you can only manage a few flights, but that’s okay, because God comes down to meet you. Some days, you can only manage a few steps, and He comes the whole way down, picks you up, and carries you the rest of the way.

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