I’m sitting here enjoying an afternoon cup of mint tea and thinking about how enjoyable it is to sit at my laptop, with steam rising from my favorite mug.
Mine. NOT! This cup of tea belongs to God, as does the mug my daughter presented to me. The laptop I write upon…God’s. Why even I belong to God.
The earth and everything in it belongs to God. Scripture declares it to be so.
How easy it is to forget that God is the creator and orchestrator of the world and everything in it. We humans work to achieve goals…houses, cars, appliances, electronics…the list goes on. We seek to better ourselves, but we tend to measure that level of “better” with what our neighbors have.
When I was young, we didn’t have running water or a shower. As a family, we had one car, not a brand-new shining automobile, but a serviceable auto that could get us from point A to point B. I was not embarrassed about having to go outside with a flashlight at night to use the bathroom at the end of the path. I was not ashamed to pump water from the well and carry it inside and hang a dipper on the side from which we could all get a drink. This was life. I accepted it.
Yes, most of my friends lived in town and had the luxury of running hot and cold water, a flush toilet, a bathtub! They were able to catch a bus outside their house to ride to school. I, truly, had to walk a mile to catch the bus. And in the summertime, I walked five miles to visit a friend, or to go to the local five and dime.
This didn’t hurt me. I didn’t think twice about it.
God has moved me from my humble beginnings and brought me to a “better” station of life. I have forgotten, it is only by His grace I am here. He has provided a comfortable, safe home, food to nourish me, a vehicle to transport me, and a hot cup of mint tea in a beautiful mug.
I forget the humble roots from which I came.
I look at the laptop and think, I worked hard to buy this. I smile at the mug my daughter spent her money on to give me.
But none of this is spiritually true. God gave me the means to get the money to purchase a laptop so I could use it to glorify Him. He gave my daughter the means to present a gift to me. And He provided, too, the delicious mint tea.
Here, Lord is your cup of tea. Thank you for your gift.