When God Hands You Coffee

I love Philz Coffee. There is no doubting that. I first stumbled across this incredibly small specialty coffee franchise when I was in college. They were located directly across the street from my university in the heart of downtown San Jose, California. I’d be lying if I said this coffee house didn’t take its fare share of my already low college student income. There is something so sweet, so smooth, and so awakening about the coffee (shout-out to my Sweet and creamy Tesora) that it became an instant addiction. And since they were only located in three areas across Northern California, I mourned the loss of their availability after I graduated from college and returned home to Southern California. However, it did become the high point of my visits whenever I returned to reunite with friends in my college town.

 

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A trip I made back to SJSU in 2014,  2 years after graduating college that definitely included a Philz coffee stop

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Fast forward almost 6 years after walking the stage and saying goodbye (wow, does time fly) and I am now feeling the beauty of a blessing that feels like the sweetest kiss from God. I know, I know…it’s just coffee. But there is something so assuring in knowing that when you are a Christian, coincidences can often feel like party favors handed to you directly from God. The kind of party favor gifts you have to brag about (hence this blog post).

While in L.A., I was excited to see that Philz was beginning to make its way to Southern California. Santa Monica, Fullerton, Huntington Beach and Downtown L.A. I even made a point to meet a friend in Santa Monica one year JUST to make sure our visit would include Philz. And that’s my point. All of these cities were completely out of my way. Los Angeles is one huge towns. Although it was assessable, it was still difficult. So my Philz addiction would still have to be suppressed until further notice.

In January of this year, I received an offer for a new Job. The company was located in and near a lot of costal and beachy cities. The kind of areas that I knew Philz loved to plant itself. Before starting work, I did a search to see if Philz had made its way to one of the surrounding areas near my new company unbeknownst to me. It hadn’t. So I did a search to see if they had planned to in the near future and nothing came up. My failed search brought about some small disappointment, but I held the faith that Philz would make there. After all, my company was positioned perfectly for it. All I had to do was wait.

Not even three months later, I received news that Philz was not only coming to a surrounding city near my job, it was coming to the EXACT city where my company was located. Not even 10 minutes away. Sigh.

This experience taught me two things:

1.) When God gives gifts, He really gives them. This job alone is beyond what I could ever expected, but to have it accompanied with my favorite, hard to find coffee shop is just God showing off.

2.) Have faith in the Wait and believe that you will receive it. I had no doubt that this coffee shop would make its way to my companies town, even if it took years. If God is able to gift me with even the smallest of desires, how dare I doubt that He can’t or won’t gift me with the bigger ones. Whatever it is that you are waiting for, God knows and He hears you

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”

Ephesians 3:20

So, when God hands you coffee from you favorite, small, unique tasting, family owned, hard-to-find coffee shop, you take it. You sip it slowly. And you return his kiss with praise.

I know, I know…it’s just coffee.

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My visit to the Philz Coffee located minutes away from my job in 2018.

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Much love,

Whit

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