Sunday, June 22, 2008

Drinking From A Venti Cup

I always order a Grande drink at Starbucks. In a Venti cup.

Grande in a Venti cup?

If I order my Grande, extra hot drink in a Venti cup, then it won't overspill from out of the little sipping hole as I'm bopping along pushing a stroller, or hit a post-winter Midwest pothole, or jump with surprise at the "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" ringtone on my cell phone that starts blaring. At the library.

A Venti cup can contain my Grande drink. No matter what the circumstance.

Or, so I thought.

I was driving down the new highway that sits behind my house the other day and pondering some seemingly unwelcome events of that day. My Venti cup full of Grande deliciousness was happily tucked into my minivan's cupholder. And it started spilling out. Splashing the stereo buttons. Decorating the carpet. And, polka-dotting my white capri pants.

I quickly grabbed my cup. And began to laugh.

Because my stroller bopping, cell phone surprising, pothole proof plan had failed. My trusty Venti cup just couldn't contain all of that goodness. Even on the smoothness of a newly paved highway.

And, so it is living life with Jesus.

I travel down life's proverbial highway, drinking from the cup that the One who made and loves me has given, and it is bursting with beauty and goodness and worth. With blessings so abundant that even my attempts to control them are in vain.

Today's road may be a newly paved highway, or a pothole laden parking lot, but one thing remains sure. My cup is overflowing. My Venti sized, given to me by my Savior cup.

And sometimes, I need a coffee stain on my crisp, white pants to help me remember that.

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
..................................... Psalm 23:5


  1. I have missed your devotional thoughts. They are some of my favorite blogs of yours. Thanks for this one!

  2. Don't you just love it when God gives you a surprise lesson in the middle of your everyday life? This was a great one and I appreciate you sharing it!

  3. White pants...seriously??? do know you have *3* boys, right?!?!

    Just object lesson for all of us.

  4. Great post!

    So??? When is your book coming out? I do hope you plan to put all these into a book someday! Oh! And can I be credited with the idea? (I'm not ashamed to suggest it!)


  5. SMOOOOOOCH. I just love you, Sarah.

    Keep living with a Venti cup full of Grande deliciousness.

    And more smooches.

  6. "My Venti cup full of Grande deliciousness..."

    What flavor?


    Loved the post.

    Want some Starbucks now.

    Nearest one is one hour away.

    Will have to revisit your blog and stare at your sidebar.

  7. Leave it to you to turn coffee stains on white pants into something to praise God about. :) Because you know my first thoughts would be, "Do I have my Tide pen in the car?" I love that that's your heart attitude.

    Of course, it absolutely makes me want Starbucks now. Miss J cancelled today (sick), so maybe I'll have to find a drive-thru... :)

  8. great little devotional sarah. you really are gifted at writing these.

    so my question is; do you have to pay for a venti even though it's only a grande's worth of deliciousness? some places charge for the cup, not the liquid.

  9. Great Post Sarah! Would you mind if I linked to it in my Weekend Thoughts this coming weekend?

  10. you find joy, beauty in lessons in the little things. i so need to learn this from you... you have such a beautiful heart sarah!

    i agree with lynn- three boys+white pants= not good :o) you are brave my friend!

  11. Sarah, Thanks for the beautiful thoughts...You need to be published! Jesus is so worthy to be praised....:-)
    LOVE YOU!!

  12. Great post - it made me think of this link which I recently discovered..

  13. Great, Great, GREAT Post. Seriously. Great.