[strange physics of hot tea]

[strange physics of hot tea]

The temperature inside the train was high and the humidity felt smothering. We sat huddled in one of the compartments, playing Apples to Apples. It was the first time I played the game and I loved it… but because it was so hot, the brain refused to work properly.

Suddenly I spotted my salvation.

Someone carried cups of hot tea to another compartment.

“We should get some tea,” I declared.

Everyone stared at me. Granted, I grew up in Ukraine and we didn’t have many places that had A/C, so we learned to get by with other means of helping the body stay alert. The rest of the team were from California, the land of A/C.

“What? HOT tea? How is it supposed to help?”

“Well… yes, hot tea. Ice tea is not going to help. The reason why hot tea helps, it balances out the temperature inside your body and the temperature outside.”

They still did not believe me. I shrugged and went to get hot tea for myself. As I sipped the sweet beverage, obviously enjoying the relief from the sweltering temps, Will, one of the team guys, decided to try the solution to the problem.

“In an odd way, it does work.”

“Told ya,” I grinned.

The thing is… the hot tea does not magically lower the temperature outside. It doesn’t prevent you from sweating. What it does is it helps you to deal with the outside conditions because it helps to bring the inside conditions to almost the same Β level.

Bill Grandi’s post “Control” got me thinking last night. Everyone, at least once in their lives, have asked “Why? Why did it have to happen?” This world is not pink and fluffy as we would’ve preferred it to be.

The world around us is hot… it makes us sweat… it makes us feel as if we’re just going to suffocate and melt in this environment. There’s so much bad stuff that is going on…

And it doesn’t only happen aroundΒ us. It often happens toΒ us.

However, that’s when the irony of the “hot tea” catches up with us.

It helps us survive in this world and what’s more – it helps us help other people who are going through tough times. We won’t be able to help otherwise. We simply won’t have credit – why would a suffering person listen to someone who never felt pain in his / her life?

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us… Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.

2 Corinthians 1:4, 6, NLT

Drinking hot tea when it’s hot doesn’t make sense really, but it does help.

Going through tough time in your life is no fun… yet when we look back, we see that the old cliche works, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

And keep in mind that God promised He will comfort us in all our troubles.

  • Gotta go with the others on the whole "hot tea on a hot day" thingy. 'course I don't drink coffee either. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the mention lil sis.
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    • Well, okay, your case is different because you don't drink tea / coffee at all πŸ˜› (Still have no idea how you do it considering that you get up at that ungodly o'dark thirty hour) πŸ™‚

      However, a word of advice – if you ever come to Ukraine or Russia, be prepared to be offered hot tea (after a huge lunch / dinner). That's one of the things over here to show respect to our guests. Coming somewhere and not having tea (or have someone over and not to offer them tea) would be so strange for me πŸ˜€

  • Mary

    Hot tea has a long tradition in Australia. Even in hot conditions it has a cooling effect. I love tea, and try out all sorts of tea. Leaf tea is much better than teabags, although I use teabags as well. Different teas go well at different times of day. The only teas I don’t like are Earl Grey (sorry Zee) and Lapsang Souchong. The latter is terrible stuff ( in my opinion).

    • Cool – if anything, slavic people and australians have this in common – they know how amazing hot tea is πŸ™‚

      I don’t like plain green tea but every once in a while I can try different variations of it – with flowers / fruits.

      Tea bags… well, I can make tea using those when no leaf tea is available, but if I am given options, I would go for leaf tea. My favorites are Earl Grey (more for me, if you don’t like it πŸ˜€ ) and various herbal fruity teas πŸ™‚

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