It’s an unlucky thing to share a box of chocolates with me. Worse yet if I discover the box before you. You see, I can’t eat from a box of chocolates like a normal person.
When I receive that delightful array of sweets, I handpick the ones I like. I only want the ones filled with creamy caramel, though the chewy caramel will suffice. I don’t want the raspberry-filled chocolates, or the coconut creme-filled chocolates, or the nougat-filled chocolates. I want my favorite—caramel.
I select a piece, take a bite, if it’s not what I like, back it goes into the box. After a few minutes, I have a box of chocolates with teeth marks evidencing my displeasure, and only two or three empty slots. I chose the ones I wanted. I bypassed the ones that at first taste failed to satisfy.
What if I sat and ate that entire box? Chewing my way through the bitter and crunchy pieces. Aside from a stomach ache, I might be surprised how much sweeter my favorite caramel piece tasted after I’ve tasted differing flavors.
Maybe I’d even discover some which I’d nearly discounted were surprisingly delicious. Maybe I’d discover that some had to grow on me after a nibble or two.
And you know what, I might discover there was something I preferred over a caramel. A chocolate covered cherry might hide in that box.
Forrest Gump’s famous line ‘life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’ found a home in the hearts of millions.
While, true, we don’t know what life plans to serve us, one thing we do know—the Lord is good no matter what life tastes like at first bite. In life we must keep chewing and swallowing and digesting what’s served to us.
We may not have the choice to bypass what doesn’t please us, but we must trust it’s for our good.
It’s a sweet gift of the Lord that allows us to sample a variety of life, appreciating more fully when we experience the sweetest of moments. In all our moments, the Lord is good.
All of life won’t present moments of our choosing—when a friend misunderstands us, when we lose our patience with our toddler, when our boss gave the credit to our co-worker. But in them all, the Lord is near, and He invites us to taste and see that He is good.
He invites us to see beyond that mere moment, to let our eyes find Him, and to settle on His goodness. Because when we are settling on Him and tasting His goodness, all of life, even the bitter pieces, become rich, full, and satisfying.
The variety of the moments the Lord offers are far richer than anything we can handpick for ourselves, especially when they are all strung together.
May today we take note of the moments God brings our way that we might bypass if we had the choice. May we thank Him for His variety of life and for His goodness in all things.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8
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