My Keurig coffee maker stopped working this weekend.  For this coffee lover (translation: addict) this was a dreadful turn of events.   Time on the phone with the Keurig folks revealed the problem.  Water wasn’t getting pulled from the reservoir because the channel was clogged.  The machine turned on and hummed and whirled but at the end, nothing.  Nada. Not one drip of lovely coffee poured into my cup.    The solution apparently is de-scaling:  running a vinegar solution through to get rid of the hard-water yuk that had built up.

Now here is where it got personal.  ‘You’re clogged’, God whispered.  ‘Just like your coffee maker, you are clogged with some yuk.’

Sure, I had been making all the right noises and going through the motions of being a Jesus girl, trusting God and living my faith, but there was a coating of discontentment that had settled on my heart.   And maybe even the tiniest root of bitterness.  Ouch.

This clogging business doesn’t happen overnight.  Not in my coffee maker.   And not in me. Clogs slowly build up over time.

Those questioning whispers of ~ ‘why this?’, and ‘what about me?’  and ‘what if?’      Clog.

That undercurrent of resentment toward someone else’s ‘normal’?   Clog

Simmering impatience with…oh just about everyone?   Clog.

Worrying out loud and calling it prayer?  Choosing pouting over praise?  Clog. Clog.  Ugly clog.

My pastor hit the nail on the head during his sermon yesterday. (Don’t you love it when God is dealing with you on something and makes sure you get it by repetition ?)

Here,  Paul is writing to the churches in Corinthians about some churches in Macedonia:  2 Corinthians 8:2    ‘Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. ‘

These folks in Macedonia were not living a perfect easy life.  They were going through some stuff.  For Paul to call it a severe trial, it has to have been something notable.   Yet, they were able to overflow with joy and generosity to others in spite of  what they were personally experiencing.

How was this possible?   Just go up a verse.  Verse 1 –  “…we want you to know about the grace God has given the Macedonian churches. ‘    They were only able to overflow because of God’s grace which flowed through them.   Wow.

I have not been feeling very grace-full lately.  You can’t give what you don’t have.   You can’t pour out, what isn’t flowing through you.   It is not about how perfect our life is (or isn’t).  Stuff is going to happen in life. Hard stuff.  Ugly stuff.  Stuff we would much rather didn’t’ .  Severe trial sounds about right.   But even so, we can still overflow with joy.   Because of His grace.

Lord, today give us a vinegar rinse to clean out all of the clogs of comparison and discontentment and worry and resentment.     And then, Lord, bring on the grace   Let it flow, let it flow.  As we get our minds off of us and our ‘stuff’ and onto you, may we raise our tear-stained faces and empty coffee cups to the sky and be simply drenched in Your grace.    Grace that spills out in overflowing joy on everyone we meet.

ps.  Thank you, Lord,  for coffee 🙂

Isaiah 55:12   You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.


5 replies
  1. Jamie Parfitt
    Jamie Parfitt says:

    This goes so well with what our pastor taught last night. I was so clogged, I wanted to quit going to church. And that’s drastic. I never miss church. Once or twice a year at the most. But he taught about Acts 17:28a “For in him we live, and move, and have our being;” Every breath is a gift of God. Every step. Every cup of coffee from your coffee maker or each egg that doesn’t spoil in your refrigerator. Every moment He is giving us what He wants us to have! And we forget that HE IS IN CHARGE. I hope you don’t mind me reminding you ladies, hormones is the cause of a lot of that. I used to get so annoyed with Ken telling me that, but the year and 4 1/2 months that he has been gone have proven it over and over. Recognize when those hormones are making you say things that you will later regret saying. One way to unclog is to THANK GOD. That’s so hard, but it will turn your thinking around. Thank him that the plumber didn’t come to hook up your kitchen faucet and didn’t even call and say he wasn’t coming. Thank him that your utility sink is only a few steps away and has a new faucet, too. He knew this was coming! Thank him that the new backsplash was too low and has to be cut again. It gave you time to see and remedy that the outlets were too low. Now the hard one: thank him that your son is talking about moving out and leaving the projects unfinished that he and his dad started. That is the one that brings tears. But I believe the tears are the vinegar rinse that does a lot of unclogging. Thanks for letting me philosophize on this. ~ Jamie

  2. Linda
    Linda says:

    Thank you for your honesty, obedience and beauty that comes from the love of Jesus that shines through. This was sooooo needed. Every time I look at the coffee machine I will remember to de-clog lol Bless You

  3. Shawn Marie
    Shawn Marie says:

    This note is a confirmation of something the Lord revealed to me last week, a spirit of jealousy. I asked him to forgive me and cleanse me. i appreciate the Lord so much because he does not desire to see me “clogged” with junk, but cleanse with hyssop and to have a renewed spirit and a clean heart. HALLEJUAH!!!!

  4. Leah Gillen
    Leah Gillen says:

    Danita – I love your heart…your transparency…and the GRACE that exudes from you (yes…I see that beautiful grace). I am blessed to call you friend!

  5. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    I can’t tell you how much I needed this today. I am so “clogged” that I do not want to be around anyone. It is a struggle to go to work and a struggle to go to my small group (which I so love) because everywhere I turn are happy couples doing normal couple things and it is a constant reminder or “in your face” that my love, my best friend, my wonderful husband is no longer here with me to be the other half of my “couple”. I so need a vinegar rinse from God. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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