This morning, the “day 12” of my Advent tea calendar, was a fermented dark tea, pu’erh or hēichá (黑茶), from Yunnon. Unfamiliar to me, I looked up pu’erh tea and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it stands up to multiple steepings. The photo above was taken after steeping three times and I learned that it can last even many more times. It almost seems everlasting.
At some point, I know the flavor of the tea leaves will diminish. It makes me think of how many times I’ve doubted or abandoned God for more enticing things, yet God never diminishes. God is everlasting and will always be present in my life. It’s I who must be present to God.