I have a lot of favorite places. The Rockies. My mom’s house. My pillow (which is technically a thing but is usually on my bed). Wrigley Field. One of my newest favorite places is a coffee shop in Lee’s Summit, called Post. I’ve only been there twice and it probably won’t become something close to my heart like the other places I listed, but I really like this joint.
Recently, a friend introduced me to African blends and pour overs. [I don’t know what I’m talking about.] They were…a little bit more than tolerable! In fact, I’ve been looking forward to making up excuses to go grab a coffee there.
Why do I like coffee all of a sudden? It beats me! I have no rational explanation. It’s not to look cool, that’s for sure. No drink could help with that lost cause. I think it’s because I’m in a different place now. I distinctly remember as a kid when my family made a big deal over a second or third cousin who was in his 30s and still didn’t drink coffee. I thought at the time, and up until two months ago, that this sounds like the most reasonable man I’ll ever meet.
And now I like coffee.
I’m reading through Exodus and today I came across when God appeared to Moses in a burning bush that did not burn. Moses had been long-removed from Egypt where he grew up as royalty, ended up killing an Egyptian slave driver, and fled to a remote part of the region to lead a nomadic life with another people group. And so when God finally does appear to Moses, Egypt was a lifetime ago. Not only is Moses in a different place physically, he is in a different place spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
When God appears, Moses is finally in a place where he is able to hear God’s call and respond to it. Granted, he throws excuses left and right out at God. In the end, however, Moses is transformed and goes off to lead Israel to freedom.
One of the things that is amazing about our God, is that God will meet us in whatever place we need to be met. Moses wasn’t ready to meet God for a long time after fleeing Egypt. Maybe you have been leery of hearing God’s call, too. Take heart, though. God always waits for when we are ready, no matter what place we happen to be.
Listen to one of my favorite Waterdeep songs. It ties together finding God in unexpected, holy places, right when you long for it.