“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
If you ask me how I like my coffee, I would tell you I like sludge with heavy cream. I made a cup of Extra Dark Roast this morning which wasn’t as full bodied as I thought it should be.
I decided I would cut it with Espresso.
Buckle up. Here’s where it gets messy.
The question to myself was, “How am I going to mix these two completely full containers?”
I looked in my cabinet and I was led to pull out the tall plastic container shown below. I felt like God led me to the tools I would need to walk through this process.
But before receiving the instructions, I just started dumping things all over the place without knowing which ground was which.
Men out there with IKEA furniture experience know what I’m talking about – you open the box with everything you need, thinking you’ll “figure it out” without needing the instructions. As a master builder of IKEA furniture, I’m here to say YOU NEED THE INSTRUCTIONS 🤣
So as I was dumping and pouring and scattering coffee grounds everywhere, I could feel God laughing at me, as if to say, “That’s not working too well is it?” I repented and asked for instructions and saw that the easiest way to mix the two kinds of coffee would have been to use the plastic container as an empty vessel taking alternating scoops from each canister until each was half empty, and then I could combine the two halves and dump the clear container into the newly emptied canister.
Now I know.
What came to my mind next was: GOD USES ALL BAD FOR GOOD.
I made a mess. Coffee grounds were wasted. Time was wasted. All because I received tools from God without waiting for instructions for HOW to use them.
So what GOOD came out of this mess? For one, I now have a firm grasp about the mixing process of coffee 🤣 That’s a valuable skill.
I learned how important it is to WAIT for God’s instructions. Dr. Joshua Todd has been walking me through the process of killing my need to strive and to REST in the Lord. He uses Hebrews 4:11 to illustrate this need:
“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
Had I rested, God would have provided the instructions. I wouldn’t have taken the task into my own hands, my own will, and made a mess of everything.
Here I’m talking about something as harmless as coffee. But we can expand it to matters of greater importance.
What happens when someone receives the Gift of Prophecy without instructions on how to use it? I received the gift of prophecy a few months ago, and I started receiving dreams and visions and words. My initial reaction was to start interpreting on my own. I was using my own knowledge and will to try to interpret them.
Do you know how dangerous it is to give an English Major the gift of prophecy?!? So many metaphors! So much figurative language! And don’t get me started on my love of parables!
Do you know what happened when I received that gift? I made a mess.
I jumped to conclusions and I led myself on wild goose chases, taking action on things which I didn’t correctly interpret or understand.
Luckily that mess was contained by my fathering leader and he was able to reign me back in before other people were affected, or worse: hurt.
He taught me to strive for rest in God’s process. He led me through the process of being comfortable in not knowing and relying on God for guidance.
And so later this year, when I receive the training for the prophetic gift through Kingdom Leadership Institute, I’ll be in a place where I’ve learned to rest. I’ve learned to wait for instructions. I’ve received the leadership I need to use the gift as intended by God. I will have reached a level of maturity where I can receive God’s gifts and tools and not make a mess 🤣 And if I do make a mess, I have a fathering leader walking with me to teach me how to clean it up!
So to wrap up, the last thing I learned in the Coffee Disaster of 2020 is that God will make fun of you 🤣
Before I came to Christ, I had dreams of becoming a blogger and using the lessons I’d learned in life to help others. I had plans to name the website: Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way.
Now I look back and see that the wisdom I thought I had was laughable because it came from myself. Now I’m in a community of believers and world class leaders that are molding me into a strong spiritual leader, one mess at a time. And instead of gaining worldly knowledge and wisdom, I’m getting the fruits of the Spirit, which is SO much better!
So as I was cleaning the coffee grounds off the counter top – cleaning up my mess – frustrated with my lack of patience that led to the mess, knowing I didn’t have to go through all that if I had just RESTED, I heard God say, “Life lessons learned the hard way.”
I keeled over laughing. 🤣🤣🤣
Seriously?! God will talk smack to you?!? He really does have a sense of humor and it makes me so happy 🙌🙌🙌 (In the military, if people make fun of you, it means they like you.)
So I think this is a sign that while I got close to my calling with my idea of blogging to help people, now I have the tools and instruction to be able to help others learn from my mistakes in the way God intended.
Until my next mess, I’m going to enjoy a hard-earned cup of Joe 🤣🤦♀️🤷♀️