So you may not like tea or even ever made tea. But more than likely you have at least made A cup of tea at some point in your life. My daughter Lydia LOVES tea sets! She requested one for her eighth birthday. In a slight miscommunication, my sister and I BOTH got her tea sets. Much to my surprise, she was not disappointed! For her party we had a Wii Tea Party. I know what you’re thinking, “What is that?” Well we figured the little boys who came over wouldn’t want to join the tea party so we added the Nintendo Wii to the mix and voila! You have a Wii Tea Party and what a success!
We had three pots for making tea. The kids all showed up, the boys began to play and the girls (9 in all) were ready for tea. So we turned on the kettle. Then came the whistle and the girls all danced with glee. We poured the hot water in each of the teapots, selected our flavors, inserted the bags… and waited… and waited… and waited. What a process for a simple cup of tea.
That got me thinking. Tea is a soothing drink, in London every day at 4:00 it’s TEA TIME! That’s right! At 4:00 everyone stops and takes time for tea. Not only is the drink itself relaxing, but the process to make it is relaxing as well. The teabag awaits, it’s met by the boiling water and magic happens! When you drink it in, it soothes to no end.
Our daily walk with Christ can be a lot like making a cup of tea. Like a tea bag, our Bibles sit on the table or nightstand waiting. Our lives go on, we have schedules that hustle us from place to place and there seems to be no rest for the weary, we are like boiling water. Sometimes our lives are so crazy that we feel like the screaming of the tea kettle is going off in our heads!
Sometimes we go days, just boiling but never making tea. We let God’s word go untouched. And so He waits… and waits… and waits. Sometimes out of a matter of “duty” we pick up the Book and glance at a verse or two and call it good. Think about this, if you are the boiling water and God’s Word is the tea bag, how good is your cup of tea going to be if you just let it steep for a couple seconds? YUCK! It’s barely more than boiling water!
STOP! Take Tea Time! Soak it up! Sit and steep! Exhale and let God’s Word infuse your heart. Take a verse and absorb it all day! God’s word promises to keep us in perfect peace when our minds are stayed on Him (Isa. 46:3). When we marinate in His word we have a “peace that passes all understanding” (Phil. 4:6-7). Our way is kept pure (Psalm 119:9-16), our hearts are given peace, and that overflows to those around us.
Have you ever spent time around someone who has daily time with God? When we are under stress, they are there to calm and sooth, they always seem to have just the right words for the right moments. They can be a soothing cup of tea to our stressed out souls. I have a friend like that, I know that she has bad moments too, but she is always steeping in her Lord’s promises and in His love. She is a blessing to those around her and God is able to work His peace through her and offer comfort to those boiling pots who have yet to have Tea Time with Him.
Today, take Tea Time with God! Carry what He gives you throughout your day, steep in His love, and soak up His peace, and you will find opportunity to even be a soothing cup of tea to someone else’s weary soul. He’s there… waiting.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Phil. 4:6-7
Suggested Reading: Psalm 119:9-16