What a pleasing aroma! Just
the memory of walking down the High Street towards, and then passing
the coffee shop tickles my olfactory senses, not to mention my taste
buds. It was fascinating, too, to watch the coffee beans gyrating as
they roasted in their specialist roaster placed in the shop window.
Mostly it was easy to walk on away from the tempting aroma –
thoughts of caffeine and healthy living and all that. When
coffee-bean-burning smoke poured out of the shop doorway, as sometimes
happened, well, that was a different story. Then it was a pleasure to
rush away from the fumes.
day a friend and I succumbed to the inviting smell of coffee. The
coffee house was small and cosy, but amazingly the coffee menu was
long and very interesting. It had never occurred to me that coffee
could be mixed and matched in such an interesting variety of ways. I
ended up with a coffee-bean-fig mix …and really enjoyed it.
once was a time, many moons ago, when coffee meant coffee beans
roasted and ground and boiled in a coffee pot. Then a change began to
appear. “Do stay for a cup of coffee. Oh, but I’m afraid I’ve
only got instant coffee these days. I hope you don’t mind!”
rot had begun! Instant
coffee became popular, and over the years has been followed by instant
tea, instant custard, cup-o-soup, pot-noodles and instant this that
and the other too numerous to mention. How about instant entertainment
– videos, DVD’s? Instant
communication as with telephones,
mobile phones, text-messaging. World events unfolding as you
watch television – instant News, instant gratification in
enjoy many of these instant blessings as much as the next person, but
I can’t help thinking that none of them is really instant. There is
some kind of technical knowledge behind each product. There is some
kind of preparation behind the sale of all instant foods. There is a
great deal of industry, knowledge, research and people time behind
aural and visual entertainment. The ‘instant’
is only realised when consumer and product get together. Rarely
do we stop to think about what it took to bring this instantaneousness
into our lives.
the other day a friend and I agreed that there is only one thing in
this world that is truly instant. ‘Salvation,’ we said, ‘that is
really instant!’ Any moment that a person honestly and openly asks
Jesus Christ to come into their life, salvation is theirs. It’s
certain, and it’s free! Surely that is far better than all the
instant gratifications this world has to offer.
salvation is free to every one who will accept it. But just for a
moment think how much it cost the one who offers the gift. Think how
much planning lay behind the gift, how much suffering it brought
to the giver, how much sorrow grieved the inhabitants of heaven
as they lived through the
preparation time that made instant salvation possible.
I ask myself, is anything instant, truly instant?
I’m glad to accept salvation. But as for that cup of coffee,
(er…dandelion coffee), we’ll have to
wait a minute for the kettle to boil!