An all too familiar commercial used to come across the television and when it did so, it always seemed to catch my attention. The subject would wake to a familiar aroma and wander downstairs to find that someone had made a pot of their favorite coffee. [Cue Jingle] "The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!".
Call me a coffee snob, if you must, but as my knowledge of coffee roasting and brewing methodologies has increased and my tastes refined, that commercial, though it may stir up a certain sense of nostalgia, creates no desire in me to put Folgers in my cup. These days I much prefer a cup made from freshly ground whole bean using the pour over method.
While you may have to wait a little longer (4 minutes to be exact) to enjoy a cup of pour over, it's definitely worth the wait. Beans ground just before brewing retain more of their natural flavor. The process allows the grinds to bloom under the hot water releasing their maximum flavor potential. Methods like French Press and Automatic Drip can leave the grounds in the water too long which causes the coffee to become bitter.
So, where am I going with this? I'm glad you asked. We can learn a lot from these coffee beans. As we pray and ask God for His favor, we often grow impatient and miss out on something great. Going through the grinder (seasons of trial and suffering) reveals what's really in our hearts. When we feel like we're drowning in the water, when it's been so long and we don't see the end, we can become bitter. However, those of us that trust in the Lord and His timing, can rise to our maximum potential.
I will leave you with this reminder from David found in Psalm 37 (NIV):
Rob Brower is the Student Minister at Mountain View Church in Tumwater, WA where he lives with his wife and three kids.