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Box of Chocolates

JusJoJan 10 January 2022

This post is part of JusJoJan. The word for today is “chocolate.” So here goes.

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The thing that makes a box of chocolates special compared to a slab of chocolate is the variety and the surprise. Not everybody likes every chocolate in a mixed box. If I come across a coconut or a Turkish delight chocolate, I quickly look for somebody to hand it on to. Nevertheless, a box of chocolates to me is a symbol of abundance. (Did I mention I was a chocoholic?)

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10:10b Amplified Bible.)

Life is a gift. It consists of years, months, weeks, days. So, each day is a gift. Imagine the excitement we would feel if we regarded each day as a chocolate from a big box. Suppose we woke up each morning and there, on our bedside table, was an unlabeled chocolate wrapped in gold foil. Depending on our character, we’d unwrap it slowly and carefully or quickly with excitement. Then we’d bite into it and savour all the goodness of our gift.

Then we’d be able to say, with the Psalmist, “This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NIV)

My Prayer

Father God, may I not take my days for granted but recognise that each one is a special gift from You.

The Parable of the Chocolate

JusJoJan 10 January 2022

Then the Lord came to the chocolate and said, “I want to use you.” The chocolate was happy until the Lord continued, “First I’ll break you…”

“No no,” cried the chocolate. “I’ve got it all together here. I like my life as it is. I am made of neat rows and columns. Surely that’s the way I’m meant to be.”

And the Lord said, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

The chocolate quaked but finally whispered, “Let it be done to me as You have said.”

So the strong hand of the Lord broke the chocolate into little pieces and put them in a bowl. The chocolate was uncomfortable in her new environment. Nothing was as it used to be.

Then the Lord said to the chocolate, “I am going to melt you.”

But the chocolate cried, “Please don’t melt me. I will lose my strength. I won’t be able to do anything. I’ll be shapeless.”

But the Lord said gently, “Unless I melt you, I cannot use you. Trust Me”

The chocolate cried. She wanted to be used by the Lord, but she didn’t want to be melted. But finally she agreed.

Then the Lord turned up the heat. The chocolate felt herself melting. All her rigidly held ideas, all her prejudices, all her unforgiveness softened and melted away. She became rich and shiny and the aroma of chocolate filled the room.

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Then the Lord moulded and shaped the chocolate according to His will. The chocolate had become submissive in His hands.

Finally the Lord filled the empty hollows in the creation He had made. He wrapped each individual piece in shiny foil and sent the pieces into the world to bless everyone they met.

This post was inspired by the following hymn which is also my prayer:

Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me, Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me. Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me. (Source: Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ hymnal#197)