I had a profound epiphany day while working in a local coffee shop. I had lost my job a few weeks prior and the pressure was on to get something in the pipeline.
This was that “something” which I needed.
I learned a lot in the short time I was there. One of my favorite things was making espresso shots. In order to get a shot, you had to pull it. You would put the grounded coffee in the espresso portafilter and stamp it. If you fail to stamp it, the espresso was weak and oily.
However, when you apply that pressure from the stamp – the perfect shot happens!
In 2 Corinthians 2:9, Paul made the following statement;
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
If God allowed Paul the relief he asked for, we may not have the fruit from that labor. While we’re being pressed, it’s important to know that great things come from pressure!
I will leave you with this from James 1:2-4;
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
May God use the pressure in your life to pull the perfect shot!