Lessons Learned from Sickness Part 41: A Tea Bag Experience
By pastor ronny luces
Have you experienced how it was to dip your finger in boiling water accidentally? How did it feel?
We don’t like the burning sensation and the resulting blisters that we get from that unfortunate incident. But do you know that not all hot water situations are bad?
There are times when we need to experience burns and blisters to learn some lessons – like a teabag.
I’m sure every one of us has seen teabags (my sister sent us a special package of tea while I was at my hospital bed).
You put the teabag into a cup, glass, or mug, and you add boiling water. As the teabag sits there, hot water permeates the tea bag, and the tea’s flavor seeps into the water.
The longer the bag sits in the water, the more flavor is drawn out and mixed into the water.
Without boiling water, a tea bag cannot produce flavor. The hot water is merely the catalyst for drawing out the flavor of the teabag.
Our Christian lives are like that in some respects. God allows hot water experiences to surround us and draw out the flavor of our hearts.
As we find ourselves in difficult or strange situations, God reveals the true desires of our hearts. He turns our hearts from that of dry and unattractive tea leaves into a savory drink.
This experience will teach us that God wants us to be transformed from being un-Christ-like into a Christ-like humble servant.
The goal of this biblical concept of change is for us to become Christ-like humble servants to be used by God to accomplish His will, and our part is the surrender of our body, mind, and will while God’s part is justification and sanctification.
We are placed in hot water situations to draw out the flavors in our lives.
This is not the action of a cruel God. Rather this is the action of a just God who loves us and wants to give us a more abundant life.
In this Good Friday celebration, may we be more appreciative of God’s love and faithfulness in our lives?
He puts us in hot water situations so that we will be transformed and purified.
Posted on FB: Friday, 3 April 2015 at 1:29 PM