Steady was his stance and strong was his request. The day-old stubble and unbuttoned red shirt spoke to everyone near that he had had a rough night. He quite obviously needed the espresso he was about to order. With one hand casually in his pocket and the other running through his curly hair, almost getting stuck, he requested, “I’ll have an extra-hot, double-tall, sugar-free, non-fat, vanilla latte, with extra foam. Oh, and short. Please.”
The barista looked at him stunned. “Short? Are you SURE? You know you COULD have that tall, or grande or venti and actually enjoy your morning coffee. That’s a lot of stuff to cram into one small cup!”
“Really? My friend only ever had his in short cups so I thought that was all I could ask for! Make it tall!”
Still feeling like she wasn’t quite clear enough, the barista wiped her sweaty hands on her green apron and looked at the tired man again, “Tall? You know you get what you ask for around here, but we could do a lot better for you.”
With hesitation and a look around the coffee house to see if anyone was looking, the man leaned over the till, nearly knocking over the John Mayer CD’s. He cleared his throat and whispered. “Make it a venti.”
“VENTI! Boy we have a winner! Coming right up!”
A smile ran across the man’s face quicker than he could hide it. He was about to drink the best coffee of his life that moments before he had no idea he could even ask for.
People are like this sometimes with God. I think we stand before this great life, with many options, yet we’re afraid to ask for more than what either we’ve seen done before or for what really lies in our hearts. You may be one of two people. And not saying there aren’t more categories, but I think we all have fallen into these two at one point:
1) You dream big, ask big, and want it all now, in your small cup. “Short” you could say. When if you waited through a bit more brewing, what God REALLY has for you could knock your socks off with richness of flavour. You could have a venti with every detail, and more, met. OR
2) We’re too afraid to ask for what we really want so we are keeping our requests as small and “easy” as possible so that our faith doesn’t get stretched TOO much. Wouldn’t want people to think we wanted something more out of life, now would we?
Ephesians 3:20 (Amplified) says: Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]
WOW! According to the power of God that is working in you (which to me means you’ve been seeking His purpose, reading His Word and living a life of obedience….that is when His power can really start to kick in)….that is how God will work out in you. ABOVE what you could even ask or dream. More than. Beyond. And sometimes, it takes more brewing than we thought, but the richness of it will be all the more enjoyed. Sometimes, our options are right before our eyes and because it’s something unfamiliar we’ve just never dared to ask….and God wants us to go for it. Ask.
Just like the man above, I believe that God wants to expand our cup, make us capable of holding more of His richness, so that He can really fill us up with coffee goodness (okay, maybe not for real, but metaphorically speaking!) That might mean working on our character, allowing us to sit “patiently” in the waiting room a bit longer, or standing with your sword up (also metaphorically) fighting just a bit longer.
I don’t know about you, but I have big dreams, so I am all over ordering VENTI because I’m pretty sure Jesus would saddle up to a Starbucks counter and ask for as much as He could, knowing He could really get it. (All, again, metaphorically speaking). 😉