Snow Essentials

It’s been a great day here. How has yours been so far?

I’m sitting here at my laptop looking out the window on a frozen world. White snow is on the ground and on the roof of each nearby house. White clouds cover the sky. We even have a white car in the driveway. The outside temp is a low 31 degrees and more snow is predicted. That’s a lot of frozen.

So what do I want? Mittens? Ice melt? Bread and milk? No, I want CHOCOLATE!! The dark, moist chocolate cake kind of chocolate with that buttery, smooth chocolate icing on top. The kind your fork goes into with the least amount of resistance and that one bite is enough to send you into a melting swoon, eyes closed, and smiling.

Sadly, my last grocery list was a healthy and cost-conscious one, concentrating more on necessities like bread, milk, yogurt, chicken, fruit, vegetables, and dog food than sweet tooth cravings. Pitiful, right?

But what do I have… Let’s look in the cupboard: no chocolate chips, no semi-sweet baking chocolate, and not enough cocoa to make a homemade version. On to the refrigerator and freezer: no chocolate syrup and no chocolate ice cream. Now it’s to the pantry: no boxed chocolate cake mix, but wait–there on the third shelf, hidden between a bag of pecans and some dried apricots, is an unopened bag of CHOCOLATE-covered cranberries!

I like chocolate covered cranberries. They’re not chocolate cake, but I’m going to embrace and appreciate every one of those sour little cranberries blanketed in semi-sweet chocolate all the same.

Sometimes my life is like that, too. I may want chocolate cake, but all I may have in front of me is chocolate covered cranberries. I may want the smooth commute, but I have traffic. I may want something new or different, but I have what I have–and, though I may not realize it immediately, it’s just fine. My eyes close and I smile.

All I really need is Jesus Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”   Galatians 2:20