by Kimberly Jo Geiger
I’m so excited that we have a special guest devotional writer–my lovely wife, Kimberly! I pray that you’ll be blessed!
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock” (Isaiah 26:3-4)
“Would you like a cup of tea?”
Those words bring such comfort to me. I love tea. Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge coffee drinker. People laughed when I used to tell them I had cut back to two pots a day, only to look strangely bewildered when I said it was true. Although I still love coffee, even though I don’t drink quite as much, there is something so calming about sitting down with a cup of tea. Numerous studies have promoted the healing qualities of tea, from the powerful antioxidants to its calming effects. But tea is something more to me.
When I sit down with a cup of tea, I am immediately filled with a sense of calm. Tea has many memories for me. When I was seven, and I had just come home from school soaked, my Grandma Cassel made me a cup of tea to make me feel better. My Grandma Anisa and I would sit together and have a cup of tea from the time I was a child right up until the last time I saw her. My mom and I did not have a great relationship, but we would have special times watching old musicals and drinking tea together. When my girls were little, we would have tea parties. As they grew up, we would drink tea while watching old musicals. And, as they grew older, when life was tough, I would make a cup of tea for whichever of our children wanted that calming cup and I would sit with them as my grandmother had with me. Now, even Wayne drinks tea with me, although for him it is more of a means to an end, while for me it is the journey.
As calming as my cup of tea is, there are times when it just doesn’t do it. As much as I would like for that wonderful cup of tea to take away all of my anxiety, my worries, and my fears, there are times when I reach the bottom of the cup and do not feel the sense of peace I was hoping for. It isn’t because I steeped it too long, or too little, and it isn’t because I didn’t use the perfect blend. It is because, as wonderful as it is, it cannot bring me peace.
Even with my perfectly brewed tea, my mind will still race in a thousand directions and I will focus on whatever is worrying me. Isaiah 26:3 reminds us that God will keep us in perfect, or complete, peace if our mind is stayed, or fixed, on Him. It also says, “because he trusts in you”. Tonight, I was worried about something and Wayne prayed with me about it. Within fifteen minutes I received a text about the very thing I was worried about. I was immediately reminded that I need to fix my thoughts on God. More than that, I needed to trust Him. After I did, I felt peace. Of course, it helped that Wayne made me a cup of tea.
There are times when it is easier to look at what is happening and fix our eyes and thoughts on whatever is before us. At those times, more than others, we need to redirect our thoughts and fix them on God. We need to remind ourselves that, even if we don’t know how it could ever work out, God is still in control and He has a plan. Not only do we need to trust Him, we can trust Him. We can trust Him forever because He is our everlasting rock. He is the rock we can cling to when it seems there is nothing to hold on to. He is faithful and keeps us in perfect peace. So, make yourself a cup of tea, sit down and relax. Remember that the peace is not in the cup you are holding, but in the One who is holding you.