Divine Platforms: “Coffee” by Katherine Hill

Read John 4

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

She looks at the clock. 3:30pm. Just a few things left on the to-do list. A full evening ahead of her—grocery shopping, dinner to prep, and friends coming over at 7 p.m. There’s just enough time to slip in a coffee run for that added jolt of energy to make it through the rest of the day. Another minute ticks by. Coffee, sigh. Of course, everyone has the same idea during the day.

A long line. Should have ordered ahead of time. The barista is chatty.

“Yeah, hi. Grande vanilla latte, no whip…extra shot.”

Another delay to grab her coffee and move on to the next thing. She checks email and scrolls through Instagram, thumb tapping the pictures. Like, like. She makes a mental note to someday travel to the vacation spot she passed scrolling.

“How are you?”

Her mindless scrolling was interrupted. “Uh, fine, thanks.”

“Can you pour me a cup of coffee?”

“Heh? Aren’t you the one making the coffee?

“Well, yeah, but I’d like a cup of coffee. Can you pour one for me?” The barista was smiling. And he was serious.

“Like come around the counter and pour you a cup from the coffee pot next to you? Really?”

“Actually, if you understood the gift of God, you’d be asking me for water, living water, instead of coffee!”

“But I’m here for coffee so I can get through the rest of this day.”

“That’s what I’m trying to tell you. If you sought living water, instead of coffee, you would never thirst again. You’d never need coffee.”

“By all means, pour me a cup of that! I won’t ever spend five dollars on coffee again!”

They continue talking. Strangely, she loses track of time, but she’s amazed, and her eyes are opened to the One who is truth, to the One who restores the future, to the one who gives life. There’s so much to understand, but there’s so much hope!

He finishes making her latte and sets it down. She merely looks at it and then turns to leave but stops. “Can I bring my friends here tonight? Can we come and talk with you? Can you tell them what you’ve told me? I’m not sure I can explain it to them.”

She leaves, latte remaining on the counter. Rushing home to greet her friends, she tells them that their dinner plans have changed: “Come learn about this person, this man who gives life and offers living water!”

Now, we know that this barista (or any barista) is not Jesus, although sometimes what’s in the cup feels like salvation. You get my point, though. In Jesus’ meeting with the woman at the well in John 4, we see Him take opportunity to invite her into a conversation. He took a simple daily routine and demonstrated how to start a conversation at a local gathering place. Today, let’s ask God to help us remember to embrace His truth about Jesus, the Living Water available for all, trusting Him to provide conversations in everyday interactions.

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