Imagine a feast of chocolate in front of you. Like copious amounts of chocolate, all different types and variations, just waiting to be sampled. You excitedly pick up the first piece, the best looking piece in the array, and close your eyes as you wait for the first flavors to hit your mouth.
That’s when the bitterness strikes. Your mouth floods with the strong bitter taste of 90% cocoa chocolate. If you’ve ever had bitter chocolate you know how impossible it is to get that flavor out of your mouth.
Life gives us bitter chocolate sometimes. Sometimes the things we are most excited about, things that seem so truly good, leave us with a bitter aftertaste. But does that make them bad experiences?
90% cocoa chocolate isn’t bad, it’s simply not for sitting down and eating straight up. It’s meant to be cooked with instead.
If you’re going through a hard time in life right now, try not to focus on how bad it feels. Instead try to think how good it could feel when used for God’s glory. How could God be glorified in what you are going through? Is there someone who needs to hear about your journey? Is there a way to bless and encourage someone with what you’ve gone through?
Look for ways to cook with your chocolate instead of eating it straight up. You’ll be surprised how sweet it tastes.
Matthew 22:37 – And he said to them “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Hebrews 10:36 – You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 3:4-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 16:4 – The Lord works out everything to its proper end – even the wicked for a day of disaster.