I don’t mind if the tea I’m offered is strong or weak, or what brand it is. Fair trade taste as good as any to me. Don’t mind Earl Grey or Strawberry. Need a drop of milk in it though, even if it isn’t designed that way. Could do with a cup of tea now, but seems such a waste of time to get up and set it all set up to waste even more time drinking it – so I’m writing about it as a kind of excuse not to do it.
Addictions are complicated things. Our body’s physiology asks us to provide, via its own powerful communications system, the stuff that it has got used to receiving – and that can be a message from the cell level. But there is also the psychology of doing something comforting that we get used to. Giving up the addiction can be harder than weaning your body off the substance.
We have complicated ways of kidding ourselves.
But it is a fact that we have true freedom in Christ. There is nothing he can’t undo. How it works in practice may not be as simple as ‘on-demand’ – but ask and you will receive; it will be on its way.
I can’t explain it, and I’m not going to write an essay about it, but I know in my bones it is true, and every once in a while there is, as circumstances fall into place, a great sense of freedom in Christ – a ‘head-above-the-clouds’ moment.
Anyway – I shall enjoy my cup of tea now. My lovely wife has, since I started tapping away, come home from HomeGroup and made me a nice cupful, and I have a piece of cake made by Gemma Tarbuck – pampered chefette! Thank you!