Here is a picture from the table I was sitting at in a Starbucks in Busan, South Korea. It was a nice view and a nice place. Last week my family and I spent three days in Busan and I got up early and went to Starbucks every morning that we were there.
Why?.... well, for lots of reasons:
- I like Starbucks coffee
- The view of the beach was fantastic
- I had to walk along the beach to get to the Starbucks (that was nice)
- I like to have a bit of quiet time to myself at the beginning of each day
- My back was hurting and I couldn't stay in bed any longer
- I need caffeine in the morning
--but those reasons aren't the main reason. The main reason I got up early and went to Starbucks each morning was to meet with God.
That might sound a bit profound and a bit profane--Meet with God????......at Starbucks?!?
I am sorry to say, but there is no magic in Starbucks. It is a just a place. But it was a good place for me, for three days, in Busan. It was such a good place that it now serves as a great memory in my mind. Why?....well not because of the coffee, or the view, but because God was there.
You see, God is always there but I don't always give Him my attention. The morning is one of the few times in my day that I try to deliberately focus my attention--my heart and my mind--on God. I read the Bible, I read devotional thoughts written from the likes of Oswald Chambers and George McDonald, I write in my journal and I pray--and somehow, in some mysterious way, I experience God. He is there and I am glad that I am there.
When I say I experience God I use the term "experience" broadly. I know God is there because He says He is always with us and deep in my heart I just know that I know that He is there. Some mornings my time in the Word and in prayer are richer than other times--sometimes I am convicted and sometimes I am encouraged, sometimes I see clearly and sometimes I see through a glass darkly, sometimes I am deeply moved and sometimes I feel flat and unmoved. Regardless,....He is there.
I am not sure that my experience is what is most important. The thing that makes the time, place and meeting so special isn't the coffee, it is that I am there and......so is God.