The Fairy Tale of Chocolate
“life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get” Forest, Forest Gump
There’s an endearing scene in the movie Forest Gump where he’s going to see his beloved Jenny. He has a box of chocolates and makes the statement that ”life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.” In the culture we live in, much of life is treated like a test run.
By the time we are wise enough to have it all we are jumbled from experimenting with myths that do not answer the journey with real living. Indiscriminate living bites us intellectually and keeps us rationalizing away the very things GOD planned.
I love the term perfect imperfection. Why? Because that best describes me. GOD has shown me so much from his Word about who I am and how he loves me. He’s a vast well that keeps flowing into my life. I can be overwhelmed by the vast supply. A fountain who is a King. My entire being should honor him and embrace all that He wants for me. To be self less before Him as he plays chess with my life is my goal daily. How else can you honor such a sacrifice of pure love? Oh, it is delightful on the mountain top and so desperate in the valley. Those are the days his character check mates my humanity, game over. I am his to do whatever He wills. He is the center of my being and what makes anything good about me good at all. To try to box my life in with a set of limiting rules that do not fit his plan would be about as pretty as me tossing elephants into a mine field. Kaaaaaaaaboooom and it rains the ruins.
Relationships can be like a box of chocolates. You can hope for a great center and plan exactly what you want. You can nail it on the wall and pray, pray, pray. Then you wait for the right piece. The one that fits your exact mold. You anticipate the first bite and KABOOOOOOM it rains the ruins. Well being covered in elephant chunks is a lesson you’ll never forget. SOOOOO you clean up yourself emotionally, spiritually and physically and vow next time you will get it right.
You pick another piece from the box and wow! This one has a great smell. It’s soft and mushy in your hands and you just know it will be “the one” the chocolate that ends all taste test. The center will be the best center in the entire universe. You have set the bar higher than before and you know this is going to be an experience that will make all of the other chocolates you’ve tasted fade into memories. You have paid dues, taken risks and by all that is sane you have done everything to be sure this is your chance. You get the picture ….this is nothing like those other pieces. Kaaaaabooom … whaaaaaaa ruins again. How could this be. You calculated it, planned it and knew you had it figured out.
Well you can do this exercise all day. I mean there are tons of pieces in there. 7 billion on the planet to be exact. GOD will let you choose what you want .. “he who finds a wife finds a good thing” He’s sovereign and knows what you will do.
For a third dip into the candy box you are far more reserved. There’s determination this time to get it right and never hurt or be hurt. You bit those other chocolates and they were hurt and left a bad taste in your mouth. You know you are a rotten cotton picking chocolate picker of the bunch. You go to chocolate enrichment bootcamp, you take classes and seminars. You read, pray and grow grow grow. Yet still, you have to reach out one more time and actually pick that chocolate. You reach out you feel this chocolate is worth having and even precious. It’s royal chocolate from the King’s treasure. He sold all he had to make her beautiful and precious for a chocolate eater. She will not be discarded because her price is “far above rubies.” She will be the last one you choose because she will fit. Her river of love will flow freely into yours making a powerful river that is unstoppable. You reach to the box. Dare you take it. You have toyed with the idea. You felt almost alive again. You enjoyed the sweetness and genuineness of someone who cared. You felt this person could challenge you and stretch you. She could give you the center you have been looking for from her strength and resolve to love GOD more than anything. She’s been guarding her chocolate to only place in the hands of a man who could protect her heart. A man who could see her value on the inside without ever biting her. She will not go down the path of forbidden chocolate. Then you wake up and reject the chocolate and fairy tale endings. THE END. The credits roll…game over.
No life doesn’t have fairy tale endings. I’ll go one step further to say life isn’t fair or sane at times. It can be varied and amazing then static and blazing in the same moment. We can only take each step in the journey knowing this. God has a plan. It’s in place. We are here for this time in our lives to be part of it. So we journey knowing we are a child of the one true king. No regrets!
Each day we are not chosen from this box we are still growing to be the best we can be. As we wait, HE is in the waiting. There’s a day out there …. because we are already chosen in heaven before the foundation of the world …..that our piece will be in the heavenly box where it will fit rightly and finally. A safe haven for your soul. HOME! By the WAY I don’t know anything about anything.. Maybe soon I will have a clue.