We are all familiar with the Folgers commercials like the one above. The commercial is emphasizing that there is no need to dread the day or think about the chores when we wake up. They tell us that all we need to do when we wake up is to smell the wonderful aroma of coffee brewing. Then, grab that favorite mug and fill it up with Folgers coffee. In most of the commercials, we see it ending with someone sitting, smiling and simply enjoying that first cup of coffee.
As I write this, it is the beginning of a new work week. This morning before I could even put my feet to the floor my phone on my bedside table was already sounding off with text messages, Facebook messages and phone calls. We all have had mornings such as this one. Furthermore, I know that each of us wake up every morning with a list of things to do for the day. Some days there seems like there is not even much time to absorb the aroma of coffee brewing much less enjoy it in our favorite mug and look out the window.
In our home, if you smell the aroma of coffee brewing in the early AM, you can be assured that it is not me doing the brewing except if I prepped it the night before and have set it on automatic brew. Jim is the one up early in the AM. He gets up earlier than he needs to each morning to have his quiet time with God. He starts his day out sitting at the feet of Jesus before he does anything else. All the while, I am still in bed enjoying resting in the arms of Jesus. A morning person I’m not.
If by chance I do wake up early, I have been at fault of disrupting Jim with a list of things that need to be addressed for the day. I get anxious when he does not rapidly respond to my requesting help in getting some things done before time to walk out the door.
Time with Jesus is important. Mary’s actions in the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) demonstrate to us of what is really important. Mary is enjoying visiting and listening to what Jesus has to say. All the while Martha is preparing the meal, making sure the table is set and calculating as to when to put the bread in the oven so it would be hot at meal time. After much frustration, Martha complains to Jesus. She tells Jesus to tell Mary to get up and do something! I can picture the scene n my head. Martha complaining and Jesus just sitting there smiling back at her. I can hear him now telling Martha to take a chill pill. He explains that there are things to be done but there is something even more important. The top priority is stopping and taking time to be in HIS presence. We need to allow ourselves to be filled with HIS spirit and hear HIS voice before we do anything else.
By now, you can say that I am preaching to the choir. This story brings true to conviction to my heart. Yes, I do have my quiet time with Jesus but sometimes it is not before I have taken care of other items on my daily list. Some days I don’t even have coffee or eat breakfast before I get a few things done. Sad but true.
Why was it important for Mary was to visit with Jesus. In Mary’s mind, she knew that once the visit was over, she had absorbed the words that Jesus spoke that she would carry in her heart forever. Whereas, the cooking, the cleaning and whatever else needed to be done would still be there.
All of us get caught up in the business of life to the point we forget to realize what is important. Instead of waking up to the aroma of coffee and grabbing that favorite mug, we wake up with our feet hitting the ground to conquer whatever chore and/or the demands that the world has on us for the day. When we do this, we are allowing the world take priority over our relationship with God. Yet, at the end of our journey here, the world and all of its list will still be here and all that will matter for us is our relationship with God and his SON, Jesus.
My challenge for you and myself is to take time not to just wake up and smell the coffee but to wake up to the aroma of HIS sweet spirit. Before starting the day, grab that favorite mug and spend time with Jesus. The best part of waking up is not only Folgers in your cup but it is waking up to say “good morning, LORD! Allow Him to fill your cup for the day so that you can tackle the chores of the world.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked; “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha, “ the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Take a few minutes and listen to the video below.
Allow God to fill your cup.