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My Chocolate Miracle

Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need
according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

God has promised to supply all our needs, but He does so much more. He knows us by name, He knows what makes us smile, and He knows how to surprise us with unexpected bounty.

My story is about chocolate. I’ve this love-love relationship with chocolate. There’s no love-hate relationship here. It’s all love-love. What possibly could there be to hate about chocolate? (If you have an answer for that, please, I do not need enlightening on this matter.)

I think I’ve made my point. I love chocolate and giving up my chocolate fix will always be a calculated decision. It’s a rare occasion, but it has been known to happen.

One of those rare occasions was when we were missionaries in a remote jungle village. A recent move there, building a house, and medical bills from the birth of our twins (compounded by our oldest son needing a surgery shortly after)—these life events had depleted our meager resources. Money was always tight, but the scales had been tipped to the critically tight category. There was only one solution. There was only one budget line that was negotiable. Food.

As I filled out our monthly food order, I slashed all non-necessities or high-priced items. Chocolate, despite the fact that the irrational side of my brain tried to convince the rational side that it was a definite necessity, was not. Chocolate was slashed from the order followed by a deep sigh of sacrifice.

The order arrived. A relatively bland order. No real treats. But we weren’t going to starve, we had a roof over our heads, and we weren’t incurring debt. We were doing what was necessary and right.

Did you know God cares about our chocolate fixes? I didn’t. Not until that day.

As I got to the bottom of the order, lo and behold, there was a box of chocolate bars. You know, the type they use in displays on the shelves. I wondered if the irrational side of my brain had somehow tricked the rational side into putting it on the order. But not, that had not happened. The invoice clearly showed I had not ordered chocolate bars, had not paid for chocolate bars, but here they were just the same. Yet, I had not idea where they had come from. And to be honest, I really didn’t care too much about the where from in my joy at the where they had landed!

As the story unfolded, we found out a fellow missionary living on another base (who had NO idea about my dire situation of giving up my beloved chocolate!) had sent them out to us. Now who do you think laid that upon their hearts? Not just that month, but each month until I was able to order them myself?

God did. It was as if God was saying, “See, I care about more than just your needs. I care about you, about your family, and even about your chocolate cravings. You may be miles of jungle away from civilization, but I’m right here with you. Enjoy the chocolate.”

Okay, it wasn’t an audible voice, but it was love in action. It may have been something small and insignificant to another, but for me, in that moment in time, it was my chocolate miracle.

Do you have a story of God’s provision? Share it with me in the comment box!


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  1. Rebecca Smith
    August 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    A girl after my own heart! Our granddaughter (6) is here with us at the cottage and she enjoyed it, too.

    When we got to the lake, our kids were already here and our 2 year old grandson grabbed my hand and tugged. When we got to the fridge, he opened the door and pointed, Grammie, chocolate! There sat a box of Russell Stovers!

    Sent from my iPad

    • August 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Chocolate is always good. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it. I love the memory of my chocolate miracle. It was like God putting a stamp of approval on my chocolate-loving tendencies! 🙂 Enjoy the lake—and especially those grandchildren.

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