A cup of tea. Simple. Seemingly insignificant, even to the one drinking it at times. On the other hand, soothing, warming, comforting, useful for sleep, aches, pains or many other ailments.
What about the cup in which the tea is poured in? Do you have a favorite cup or drinking glass? Is it stained? Is it broken? Chipped? Special because of where you got it or someone who gave it to you? Salvaged because it was dropped and broken at one time?
What is meant by "being someone's cup of tea?" or NOT being someone's cup of tea? It means to be something one like or excels in. It can also mean, a thing to be reckoned with. Interesting? I have only recently began hearing the phrase, "Let's talk tea" and "spill the tea." In this sense, it apparently refers to sharing gossip. This is something I strive to stay away from. Unnecessary drama and lies, no thank you.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand.
I have NOT been someone's "cup of tea" more often in life than I HAVE been. I am okay with that. As I continue to grow, bloom and blossom in my journey with God, I see that it is okay to not be someone's/everyone's cup of tea because the truth is, I AM God's cup of tea! I was fearfully and wonderfully made with a special purpose even more than one.
You see, I am a tea cup in God's cupboard. A broken, stained, chipped, glued back together after being accidentally or purposely broken by someone else. I have rough edges but am not seen that way by God and neither are you!
In God's eyes, in His collection of vessels to carry what He chooses to pour in to, I am a precious heirloom of His. I am treasured, adored, loved, valuable, useable, cherished, special and worthy of being used by Him. You see? I long to be a cup overflowing of God's purpose, love, truth, comfort and use. I long to accomplish complete servanthood of God my Father. I was made in His image, therefore, He longs to pour into me and allow me to spill over onto those around me whom He chooses to also pour over and into.
In preparing to write this, I asked God what it meant for me to be HIS cup of tea. This is what He said:
T-TRUTH in speaking, seeking, sharing God's truth
E-EXPECTATION from obedience to Him completely (Just be that cup that is useable by God in whatever way He knows I can be of greatest use for Him. He has made promises to us that he WILL keep!)
A-ACCEPTANCE, walking in fullness & anointing of God by God
I long to be overflowing and not just full? Why? Because the overflow reaches others and allows God to touch them in ways I never could. Of course, I want to be full of God's grace, love, mercy, wisdom, discernment, fruits of the Spirit and touch those around me to know that same fullness, BUT! I want to be overflowing, able to accomplish more.
I want to be overflowing in speaking God's truth with His love, grace and mercy steeped into life-giving words to others. I long to be warming to others with the sweet aroma of praise to God and to those around me. I want to allow God to "steep" my baggage from the past hurts, abuse and mistreatment by others that in my humanness try to contain in a neat "bag." God is the only one who can steep that "bag"gage and then throw those pieces into HIS compost pile that is transformed into something useful, nourishing and freeing to others as well as me. Holding on to my tea "bag"gage weighs me down in the water and does not allow me truly be free.
I am not everyone's cup of tea and I am okay with that. I was not created to be everyone else's cup of tea or tea cup. I was created, designed and made to be God's tea cup vessel overflowing with His Truth with Expectation of fulfillment of His promises from my obedience and Acceptance of walking in His fullness and anointing.
Several weeks ago, God showed me a verse and spoke it over me in a way that opened my eyes to His amazing love and purpose for me, his cherished, loved, adored "heir"loom and I have been unable to stop hearing it being repeated to me.
Song of Solomon 2:10, "My beloved spoke to me, 'Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.'" My heart leaps whenever I hear or read this verse because God gave such an incredible meaning behind it directly to me.
I hope you are able to see yourself the way God sees you as an invaluable, cherished, loved, adored, worthy "cup" in his cupboard and will allow Him to pour over you not just to fill your cup but to overflow onto others the way He wants to do this. And remember, if you don't empty a cup, it never needs to refilled. Also, you have the choice to be just full or to be overflowing!
Daughter, Sister, Wife, Momma, Friend, Warrior Princess, Sold out follower of Christ. There is more to me than meets the eye. A beautifully broken, messy, loving, imperfect woman praying to inspire others to find the JOY in this Joy-ney we call life!