We just had a new restaurant open up down the street from us. We watched it take shape out of nothing as the walls and signs and lights and parking lot went up. Finally, they opened and I was super excited. It looked like a promising new place with a good menu and a cozy ambiance but, before I carted the whole family out, I had to be sure. So I decided to go on a little exploratory mission.
I left the kids home with my husband during naptime, drove over to the new restaurant and ordered the thing that mattered the most to me: iced tea. That’s it. That’s all I wanted because, to me, if the iced tea is good, I’ll eat whatever they serve.
I took a sip and it was perfect.
It had plenty of ice, demonstrating that the employees have the knowledge that tea is hot so you should put a lot of ice in a glass so that it can indeed be iced tea. It was organic black, which are like magic words in my book. No sugar, that just ruins a good thing. But most importantly, it was freshly brewed. I called my husband and, like an undercover agent said, “The iced tea is good. It’s a go.” We went there a few days later.
If you can’t tell, I’m kind of an iced tea snob.
I know that there are far more important things in this world, problems and worries and issues that are big, but I think that a nice cold glass of tea can make whatever you’re facing slightly better. That is if it’s freshly brewed. If it’s not, if it’s instant or old, that makes things worse. So. Much. Worse.
Maybe you don’t share my appreciation (obsession?) with good, freshly brewed iced tea, maybe you’re good with the instant stuff, or tea that was brewed yesterday. That’s fine, I guess. Iced tea is not the be all end all. However, there is one area in our lives that just has to be fresh; our relationship with God.
It’s easy for us to rely on what He did for us yesterday, to pull out the proverbial pitcher of His promises that was brewed for us last week and settle for that. It’s still good, it’s still applicable, it’s still there, but wouldn’t it be better if it was fresh?
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 NIV
The Lord is constantly seeking to refresh us and do new things. He wants a relationship with us that is freshly brewed every single day. Just like you wouldn’t pick up that pitcher of coffee (or iced tea) that you brewed yesterday morning to pour yourself a cup today, you can’t rely on what you read yesterday, how you worshiped yesterday, how you prayed yesterday to get you through today.
There’s enough of Him to seek and find in a new way for the rest of our lives. He is so big and so good and so powerful that we can always find something new to love about Him.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Let’s seek him afresh this week. Let’s let Him do a new thing in our lives, let Him build on what he’s already done and, like a tall, cold glass of tea, it will refresh us and quench our thirst for His goodness and love. Cheers to that!