Coffee with Jesus: He wants to listen!

I was pretty irritated and upset at what I was seeing on my screen. I almost turned off the DVR and deleted the episode. But I held on. Something told me to keep watching.20150426_182458-1

I was watching the latest episode of Mom, a CBS comedy about a recovering gambler/alcoholic woman, Christy, living with her mother, Bonnie, who is also a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. A friend of theirs “found God” while in prison, and now that she was out, she was trying to “drag” them into her Christianity.

While Christy started attending church with their friend, her mother was outrageously annoyed by all of the God and Jesus talk. A good portion of the episode was mocking the Christian woman and her beliefs. Bonnie wanted no part of Jesus because she was suffering so much after the death of her ex-husband, who she was still very much in love with.

But then there was the final scene.

Bonnie walks into the kitchen in the middle of the night to find Jesus sitting at the table drinking a cup of coffee.

I was worried where this was about to go.

“Good morning, Bonnie,” Jesus says. “Sleep well?”

“Not really,” Bonnie responds. “What are you doing here?”

“I heard you were looking for me,” Jesus says.

20150426_182543-1“As a matter of fact, I am,” Bonnie says, and Jesus motions for her to sit down beside Him.

After grabbing some coffee, and topping off Jesus’ cup after He asks for more, Bonnie sits down.

Jesus says to her, “So what’s up?”

The audience erupted with laughter.

Bonnie says, “I want to know why you took Alvin?”

Jesus goes on to explain that it was Alvin’s time, that Alvin’s work on earth had been done.

Bonnie then says to Jesus what so many of us often ask Him when we’re in pain, “When does it stop hurting?”

He responds, “When you wake up.”

Bonnie then wakes up in her bed, smiles, looks to the ceiling and breathes a sigh of relief.

I was nearly moved to tears. Why? Because I believe that this scene beautifully portrays what our relationship with Christ can and should be like and the comfort He can offer us.

When we talk to God, it can be like having coffee with a friend. He literally wants to know, “What’s up?” So tell Him.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 The Message

In the most recent episode of Mom, Bonnie is struggling after relapsing into drug and alcohol addiction. She is in bed and yells out, “I give up! Somebody help me, please! God! Anybody!”

And Jesus emerges from the bathroom.20150426_182403-1

He sits next to Bonnie, grabs her hand and says, “It’s OK. We can do this.”

Is there anything more beautiful than that? I don’t know the motives of the writers or producers of the show or where they might take things in the future, but the light in which they’ve presented Jesus in these two episodes makes my heart so happy!

Give your worries to Jesus. He wants to hear them. He wants to sit down next to you, grab your hand, and say, “It’s OK. We can do this.”

“Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7

“I’ll pray for you!” (If I remember…)

Today I realized something. How often do we say to people, “I’ll keep you in my prayers.” Or, “I’ll be praying for you!” But then we totally forget? If it’s not someone we’re already praying for on a daily basis, it can be really easy to forget. Or maybe we’ll only remember once.

Today I saw on Twitter that a friend of mine from Georgia has a sister in Korea who could use our prayers, as well as other soldiers over there. I told him, “Praying!” A few hours later I saw that my friend Christian in Texas was headed to Haiti. I told him I would pray for him. Then I thought, “Oh crap, there was someone else I said I’d pray for…” and it took me a minute to remember.

Then it hit me: I’ve got to do something that will remind me of all these people I say I’m going to pray for. I don’t need to be reminded to pray for my family and for some of my very best friends I always pray for, but when it’s something new, something really specific about someone else, it can be easy to forget. Screenshot_2013-03-08-15-31-21

So, I decided to put it on my phone. I have an app called “Color Note.” You can write yourself reminders and even pin them to your status bar. Each time I get a text, a new tweet, any sort of notification on my phone, there’s my “Praying for:” note. I tap on it, and there’s my list.

It’s simple, but if you look at my screenshot to the right, that little green square in the upper left-hand corner is ALWAYS there. How could I possibly forget to pray for the people on my list if every time I pick up my phone, there’s a glaring reminder?

I imagine there’s probably already some sort of “prayer app” but this is my own version.

If you say you’re going to pray for someone, make sure you do what it takes to remember to so.

“You will receive whatever you ask for in prayer, if you believe.”
Matthew 21:22