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Jesus met me at Starbucks this morning

Originally posted 3 years ago, here is a Christmas season repeat of hope, justice, Jesus and latte's. 


I broke routine this morning. I interrupted my morning commute to work with a pit stop at Starbucks and a book in hand. It’s been a very long time since I have sat and read over a latte and to my surprise, Jesus was there.  


I ordered a sinful Caramel Brulee Latte and took a seat along the perimeter so that I could watch the subtle rain drops collide with the ground outside. I opened my book in hand, Just Courage by Gary Haugen and reached for my latte. But before I could take in my first sip of that delightful little beverage, I was met by Jesus who had appeared somehow on my Christmas themed cup.


“What?” you say. “You saw the face of Jesus on your holiday cup? It was surfer Jesus wasn’t it? You know, the one where he looks as if he just stepped out of the ocean with his long board under his arm and his long hair dripping with salt water and a little piece of seaweed?” Nice try but that’s not what I mean when I say I saw Jesus on my cup.


I mean that I read these words on my cup:

            We invite YOU to LISTEN to your DESIRES and to RENEW your HOPE. To SEE the world NOT AS IT IS, but how it COULD be. Go ahead. WISH. It’s what makes the holidays the HOLIDAYS.


Wow. I didn’t see that coming, I thought to myself. My pea sized brain interpreted these words in this way and in an imaginary Jesus sounding voice (which ironically did sound somewhat like a surfer):

            Carrie, my friend, I am inviting YOU to pursue your DESIRES and to RENEW your HOPE in ME. To SEE the world NOT AS YOU SEE IT, through the lens of this world, but through the lens of MY KINGDOM. Go ahead. WISH. It’s why I came.


So I took my long awaited sip of sin, gazed out the window and replied, “Ok Jesus. I wish for peace on Earth.” Realizing I sounded like a beauty pageant bimbo I sighed and turned my focus to my book. “Thanks for the seasonal greeting Jesus. I’m going to get to my book now.”


Just Courage is an inspiring read. I can’t hardly sit still in my seat with each turn of the page. It’s the kind of book that tempts me to jump up and start a random conversation with the closest stranger to me about how we can fight the good fight for justice to prevail in our unjust world.


I read, I was pumped to face my day and seek out justice and then I was struck by the last paragraph in one of the chapters. Haugen said these words:

            Hope is not simply wishful thinking; it is the fruit of the Spirit born of the spiritual discipline of remembering.


I looked back at my holiday cup and read the quote again in the way that I interpreted it but this time it sounded more like Jesus was saying this:

                        Carrie, my friend, I am inviting YOU to pursue your DESIRES and to RENEW your HOPE in ME. To SEE the world NOT AS YOU SEE IT, through the lens of this world, but through the lens of MY KINGDOM. Go ahead. HOPE. It’s where I have remembered you.


This time I heard Jesus speaking to me at Starbucks, I was slow to respond. I needed a moment to consider what he was saying to me.


A long time ago mankind was dismembered (as in we were amputated) from the presence of God who walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It took a suffering and drying Jesus to remember (as in we were put back together) mankind into the presence of God. Even while he hung and died, Jesus remembered the thief who hung next to him, redeeming him in his final hour.


Jesus began his earthly plan of redemption as a vulnerable, needy, helpless baby. In doing so, he radically uprooted the world as we know it and turned it upside down. His Kingdom arrived and we have all been invited to enter its gates.


This morning I read Haugen’s words that God is on a mission to restore justice and we are his agents to bringing that about. Um….humbling? Yes! Scary? Double Yes! Unbelievably cool? A big YES!


Remembering is a spiritual discipline. We are remembered to Christ when we choose to follow him. Remembering who we are and what we’ve been called to do is imperative to our quest for justice.


I’m glad Jesus met me at Starbucks this morning. I’m glad for my caramel brulee latte. I’m glad he has invited me to be part of his upside kingdom. I’m glad his mission for justice will prevail and that our hope is not mere wishful thinking, but that it is of his Spirit!

But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason's house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting: "These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus." When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.

I’m also glad Jesus lets me get into some “good trouble” in this world as I call him the King of Kings and take up residence in his upside down kingdom.



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