Maybe it’s the Kenyan AA, the Costa Rica by the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Company, the Three Continent, or perhaps it’s Tully’s Hawaiian Blend, that does it to me. I’m not sure if it is the coffee or something, but there are some mornings that I become acutely curious about the mental path my mind travels.
When I find myself wondering about the wandering of my mind, and I question the wisdom of the words that travel from my neural pathways to the tip of my keyboard, I may need to think about my drink: Does the blend of coffee influence my thoughts?
My first cup of coffee this morning was Kenyan AA. As I was sipping it, I thought about the Beatles and the resurrection. Did this best blend of coffee from Kenya ingest a strange correlation between England’s Fab Four and Jesus?
Yesterday is one of the better-known songs by the Beatles, and a line in the song says: “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far way . . .” As I thought of those lyrics, I thought they might have been the exact words of Jesus’ disciples immediately following His arrest.
I took another sip and “yesterday” was my thought in a little different context. I wondered about a couple of things:
- How did the disciples think about “yesterday” the day after the resurrection of Jesus?
- I wondered about Paul McCartney’s words: “I’m not half the man I used to be . . .”
Because of the resurrection I’m not half the man I used to be: I’m a whole person due to the fullness of Jesus. This relationship is clarified by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians:
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
I’m not sure how your “yesterday” was, but I do know the hope you can have tomorrow through the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.