Monday, February 14, 2011

God's Chocolates.

As Valentine's Day approaches there is chocolate absolutely everywhere I look: boxes of chocolate in all the stores, chocolate on tv, even chocolate girl scout cookies. 




I even saw chocolate Altoid breath mints in the grocery checkout aisle the other day! I think that's what led me to remember the famous quote from Forrest Gump: "Life is like a box of chocolates ... you never know what you're gonna get." {you know the accent.}

In reality, that phrase can be true in many ways. We wake up every morning completely unsure of what the day may hold for us. We've made our plans. Sometimes they even happen the way we make them. But we never know for sure, do we?

The days that come with caramel in the middle are my favorite. The ones with the strawberry goo are just so so — but the ones with coconut — YUCK! I'd rather go back to bed. Then there's the days where tragedy or difficult times come out of nowhere, and the chocolate sits untouched ... there's simply no sweetness to be had in those moments, it seems.

God knows that life as it pertains to circumstances is uncertain for us. That's why He comforts us and reminds us so many times that He is our constant companion, our steadfast friend, our consistently loving God and Savior. He doesn't keep promises the way we do:

When God wanted to guarantee His promises, He gave His word, a rock-solid guarantee — God can't break His word.

You see, no matter what chocolate we are "in the middle of" right now, He is there — with the certainty of His promise today and life everlasting. Listen to how Hebrews 6:19-20 encourages us:

"We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It's an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us . . . ."

I love the visual picture of grabbing on to Him with both hands as He runs ahead of me to the Father. That makes me able to get up today and everyday and praise Him for whatever comes my way.

Let's binge on His priceless box of chocolates today — the sweetest and most satisfying of them all.

"Taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him."
Psalm 34:8

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