“Everything Stops for Tea”
I know now why Franz Schubert
Never finished his unfinished symphony He would have written more
but the clock struck four
And everything stopped for tea.
I recently had the pleasure of once again venturing to my favorite tea place in Flemington, New Jersey – Teaberry’s – for lunch and a spot of tea. It was a warm, relaxing afternoon spent in conversation with a friend about life, this and that and everything in-between. It was a good way to sit back and reflect and reminisce. It was good to step outside of the world for a moment or two.
There is something about tea that naturally slows you down. It has to take time to be made. First the water must be boiling. Then seeping the tea bag or preparing the leaves if you use loose tea. Then fixing it how you like it and then the first sip. I realize this is true of other hot beverages – coffee – for example but I would suggest that there is something different about tea.
It isn’t there to wake you up but to help you relax. It calls for a good book or deep thoughts or simply gazing out the window. It invites you to step away for a moment or two. It is an invitation that we do not always heed – preferring instead to rush ahead to the next item on our to-do list.
God calls us to also step away and spend some time in thought and prayer. But we do not always heed that call either. I had a friend whose prayer time was her time for tea. I always thought that was great idea since I usually find myself with a book in one hand and a mug in the other. When is the moment that you slow down? That you step away and spend some time in thought and prayer with God?
As a new year begins, maybe this is one thing that should be at the top of our to-do list. To find more time this year to be in thought and prayer. Maybe a spot of tea would make an excellent reminder that this is a good moment to pause and spend time with Someone who would love to hear from us! It might be a challenge but they may turn out to be the most important moments of the year.
Wishing you a blessed New Year!