I just must “expresso” myself on my husband’s recent remark about only needing three coffee cups; one clean, one dirty and one extra. Obviously, this comes from a “non-drinker.” I mean, each morning I pause at the cupboard before choosing just the right container from which to enjoy my first cup of “Joe.”
Yesterday he told our Sunday School class, “Judi is totally unpredictable!” I guess that is certainly true when it comes to choosing my coffee cup! It is a rare morning when I choose to drink from one of the eight matching cups that go with my regular set of dishes. How boring is that?
Some days, when I especially miss a certain daughter, I will definitely choose the mug that says, “My heart will always be in a cottage by the sea.” Somehow, that just draws her closer to me and me closer to California. Adding to the bliss is the smell of freshly ground Wild Huckleberry beans sent by her sister in Oregon. Suddenly, they both “almost” join me for coffee!
Another occasion might find me longing for the whiteness of a Christmas snow, and I will choose to drink from that one special Christmas mug that stays out all year. Still, another day finds me thinking of my missionary friends and military. On that day, I choose the cup adorned with the flags of the nations. Often, I will return again and again to one special cup, loved more than all the others, wrap my hands around it and savor its contents.
Being reduced to a “to-go-cup” just went against my “grind” when leaving early on a trip and desiring that coffee to go along! Then a friend found me a “to-go” mug that made my day! It is tall, fits in the beverage slot in the car and has a spill proof lid. It is not Styrofoam or plastic! And, best of all, it says “Shop ‘til you drop.”
Coffee cups are a lot like friends in our lives. Some are like Styrofoam cups; when drained, they become disposable. Others come along with the quality of a tight lid; you can share your most intimate moments with them and they will protect your secrets. One may become a “strong” influence; encouraging your weakness to turn to strength.
In the places I have put down roots, God has given me a special friend. The “sediment” of that friendship is deep and strong; bottomless and rich! I hope your cup is filled with a “latte” of love. Be a friend to others; “expresso” yourself.
Coffee Drinker 23rd Psalm
Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze
It maketh me to wake in green pastures
It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses
It restoreth my buzz.
It leadeth me in the path of consciousness for its name sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I will fear no “Equal.”
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of the Starbucks;
Thou anointest my day with pep, my mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in house of Mochas forever.