I love tea! And at this moment I have more varieties than I can practically drink. It’s become my affordable indulgence.
This may sound a tad ridiculous, and I feel ancient saying it, but drinking tea is like drinking a cup of serenity or ‘sereni-tea’. See what I did there? So puny!
Yep, moving on….For the duration of the cup, I am immersed in an uninterrupted, fragrant chill zone.
I like to store my tea in a compartmentalised tea box, and although it’s probably not the ideal place for optimum freshness, it is very pretty. Thinking about tea got me thinking about character. Huh? Bear with me…
Tea, whilst still in its box or bag is nothing special. Tea in cold water is nothing special.
For tea to fulfil its designed purpose it must be immersed in boiling or near boiling water (depending on the type of tea and how much of a tea snob one is). It is only then that the flavour can be released, that the properties of the tea and all that makes it unique can burst forth.
Sometimes, actually most times, it’s far more comfortable for us to stay in our ‘box’. It’s safe and it’s pretty. But only when we step out of the box, out of our comfort zone, do we begin to fulfil our designed purpose.
And then it’s only when we’re placed in hot water that the real flavour of our lives and character can burst forth.
If for a moment we think of Father God as The Perfect Tea Master, we will understand that He knows exactly the ideal temperature that will draw out what makes us unique. He will never place us in temperatures that are too hot for us to endure and He loves us far too much to place us in tepid water where our greatest properties will not be released to their full potential.
Then, out of pure grace, He doesn’t leave us in that hot water longer than necessary. Long enough only for the full flavour of our character to develop.
Think about that next time you feel as though you’re in ‘hot water’. What treasure is God bringing forth in you at this time?
There is purpose in the process.
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