Coffee dates. A luxury I savor as much as a chai tea latte. Though they require some schedule juggling—deadlines wait for no one—the schedule contortions merit the pain. Time with friends refreshes my spirit. It gets me out of my home office where the walls can close in, my only companions wear fur, and they shed it freely through the house. The writing life often proves a lonely one.
Scripture brims with times Jesus spent in fellowship with others. Wine flowed at the wedding in Cana. Cool water washed the dust from His throat at the well in Samaria. Roasted lamb, dates, perhaps pistachios for those weekday dinners in the homes of Zacchaeus, Matthew, and, of course, Mary and Martha. Food and fellowship pair well.
Your date with God this week involves a trip to your favorite coffee shop:
- Bring a journal and something to write with.
- Grab your beverage of choice. (And a snack. Chocolate?)
- Get comfy.
- If Jesus were sitting across the table (and He is), what would you talk about? Your marriage? The kids? Career goals? Dreams?
- What spiritual questions would you pose?
- Are you frustrated about something? Spill it.
- Do you need clarity? Direction? Ask.
John 15:15 (NIV) reads, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
For kicks: What would Jesus get at Starbucks and why?
Leave your response in the comment box. Best response earns a coffee mug!
Workout of the Week: Meeting Jesus at Starbucks
Memory Verse: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:15 NIV).”
Meditation Passage: Luke 10:38-42
Just Do It: Schedule your coffee date.