There is something about sitting down with someone over a cup of coffee that is just…different. Or at least we perceive it as being different.
We can somehow find things to be more easily translated, more easily felt, and more simple over a cup of coffee, can’t we? What is it about asking someone to have coffee with you that seems so easy, so comfortable, so simple?
When sitting across from someone over a cup of coffee you can still put your walls up, be stubborn and be closed off, but you’ll be hard pressed to keep that up for long. It’s not easy. What’s easy over a cup of coffee is opening up. What seems normal over a cup of coffee is sharing your life. Especially if the person you’re sharing the cup with is someone you trust – your friend, your spouse, or maybe even your grandma.
But why? What happens when you sit down across the table from someone with a cup of coffee? Does anything really change? Or do we just simply imagine everything else in the world is different now?
Something inside of us says, “Oh, ok, good. Now we have our coffee and we’re seated. I can open up with this person.”
Based on the trends in our country and in our culture, I’m not the only one who feels this way or has experienced this at least some time in my life. Something actually does happen over this cup.
Maybe for you it isn’t over a “cup of coffee”. Maybe it’s tea. Maybe it’s cocoa. Maybe it’s lunch, or dinner, or in the gym, or while knitting. I don’t know what your cup of coffee is, but I know that you have one. We all have something that breaks down our defenses and allows others in. We all have something that gives us the permission and ability to relax, and be ourselves.
Can we have a cup of coffee with Jesus?
Can we sit down somewhere across the table from Jesus and let loose our emotions, our doubts, our fears, our sins, our joys, our excitements, and our tears? Can we do that with God?
I believe we can. I believe that Jesus knows what it’s like to be in our shoes, He knows what it’s like to need a cup of coffee once in a while. And I believe that He is waiting for us to sit down with Him. He has already given us permission to let down our defenses, and open up to Him.
But His cup looks different. While our human cups can only go so far, and only allow us to open up so much, His cup goes deeper. His cup allows us to be completely vulnerable, and have no fear of being let down.
What’s your cup? What allows you to be vulnerable with someone? Look into it and maybe consider this avenue with Jesus.
Maybe this proverbial cup of coffee will provide us an opportunity for healing and a closer relationship with a Friend whom we can trust.