November 24, 2020
“For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of the house of Israel, throughout all their journey.” Exodus 40:38.
Anyone who has ever been in my house can see that my husband and I love art. Most of the walls in our house are covered in artwork. We do not collect any particular style; we choose to decorate our home with whatever piece speaks to us, which has resulted in quite an eclectic collection. One of the pieces in our master bathroom is text art that says, “All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus”. I strategically placed it in a location I would see first thing in the morning. A little reminder that each and every day I need a lot of Jesus. I also love my coffee in the morning, and sometimes, yes, I feel like I absolutely need it to get through the day. So, I thought this text art was super cute and fitting.
But as I have grown deeper in my faith and studied more, I have realized that although this sounds charming and cute, when you dig a little deeper, it is actually quite flawed. It is simple, really. All I need today is a whole lot of Jesus; all of Him, in fact. Nothing else. Just Him. You see, just like the Israelites made it on their journey by a cloud of the Lord by day and a fire by night, we will make our daily journey with His presence as well. I may love my coffee in the morning, but I do not need it. I have realized that I need only to trust on the Lord; to let Him be my daily guide and help; my cloud and fire. “He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and armor.” (Psalm 91:4) What is better than that to start your day? God is what kick starts my day, guides my activities and priorities, lights my path, protects me, and brings my soul quiet and peace. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3) Perfect peace. So, as I sit in my cozy corner of my kitchen with my morning coffee, I will set my eyes to heaven and say, “Jesus, all I need today is You”.