In the book, God Works The Night Shift by Ron Mehl, the author talks about how as a youth he would hear people tell miraculous stories of God's provision. He took them with a grain of salt until the day came when as a young pastor, he and his wife were down to their last bit of food. He writes about how there was a knock at the door and a couple from his church delivered 15 bags of groceries. This couple didn't stop there. They continued their deliveries on an ungoing basis.
That in itself is a wonderful story of God's provision but there was more. You see, as he and his wife unpacked the groceries, to his great delight he discovered that amongst all of that wholesome and necessary food, there was something more. There were Snicker Bars. Did they need the Snicker Bars? No. They would have been able to survive quite nicely without them but that was not the point. Someone took the time to not only provide the necessary things but also provide a treat, something just a bit special, to bring a smile to their faces.
When I started cancer treatment, my friends, Lynn and Dave, showed up on our doorstep with a meal right after I had my surgery. I remember it was a bitterly cold winter day. In addition to homemade chicken and wildrice soup, bread and salad there was something else. There was dessert and it was chocolate. Mmm... there are few women who are not passionate about chocolate. Though I was greatly moved by the gift of their meal I must confess that the inclusion of a sweet treat overwhelmed me to the point that since I have become involved in our church's meal ministry, I always try to include a little treat whether it is chocolate, baked goods or fresh fruit. It's just that little extra touch.
God does that for us, you know. We can always trust Him to provide our needs. Unfortunately some people confuse wants with needs. They act like God is some sort of genie who is eagerly waiting to fulfill their demands. They forget who they are and who God is. I'm not talking about that sort of thing. However, looking back in my life I can clearly see that often amongst the needs, God has tucked in a piece of chocolate and often there have been two, three or more pieces tucked in there as well. These were little unexpected blessings that I neither asked for nor expected. He simply gave them to me because He wanted to do something special for me. He wanted to bring a smile to my face and let me know He is not merely my provider; He is my Heavenly Father and He loves me.
Sometimes the chocolate is not so obvious. Sometimes you have to dig around a bit to find it but it is there. You just have to look for it and when you begin to look for it, you will find it.
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