I went from years of not caring much for chocolate to eating so much chocolate at one point since going out on the road full-time for the Lord and ministry that several of my friends said they were worried about my health and said they would pray to God to take the chocolate out of my life. God answered their prayers despite how hard I wanted to hold onto my beloved chocolate, and the chocolate, double chocolate muffins, double chocolate cookies, chocolate frozen dessert, and chocolate chip cookies went bye-bye – for the time being anyway. Until I found myself facing an ugly flare-up of a decades-long battle with anorexia coupled with a digestive issue that caused me to lose my appetite and feel full most of the time. I figured chocolate chip cookies might spark my appetite and help me put on much needed weight as I desperately wanted to be pleasing and honoring to the Lord and whole and healthy for Him and my ministry work. So off I went one night to Wal-Mart to buy some deliciously yummy looking chocolate chip cookies.
The cookies looked so appetizing that I figured I would eat one on my drive back to the hotel where I was staying with my beloved handicapped ministry dogs. But there was a problem. No matter how hard I searched through the grocery bags in the dark of the car for those prized cookies while I held my other hand on the wheel and kept driving, I couldn’t find them! Turns out I had left them in the store! I was so down, dejected, and disappointed about those missing chocolate chip cookies only to discover the Lord wanted to use those missing cookies to give me a message – for me and perhaps for you reading this now.
Friend, I was so focused on those chocolate chip cookies I so wanted that I didn’t have an ounce of thanksgiving in my heart to the Lord for all the bountiful blessings in those grocery bags let alone in my life! The Lord helped me see that sometimes that is how some of us go through our lives. So upset about what we don’t have or so missing what we once had and have lost that we lose sight of all the blessings He bestows upon us and fail to be thankful to Him and to praise Him for how good He is to us each and every day.
Let us not miss God’s goodness, greatness, and countless blessings each and every day and remember to show Him our thanksgiving and praise in our hearts, out of our mouths, and in our actions – chocolate chip cookies or not!
This verse for me is such an awesome reminder that everything good comes from the Lord!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17
And I love how this verse inspires me to focus on praising the Lord continually no matter the circumstances of our lives. Even when our chocolate chip cookies are missing!
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
p.s. Rest assured I went back to Walmart and got some chocolate chip cookies. And I thank the Lord for His reminder to be thankful to Him for ALL His blessings – chocolate chip cookies included, hallelujah, oh yes!