He craved a piece of chocolate, but to his great despair the house was chocolateless. There was no chocolate syrup in the fridge. There were no leftover spoonfuls of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in the back of the freezer. Despondent, he searched the bedroom knowing that his wife, not a chocolate lover, often put boxes of chocolates away until they turned white. What a waste!
Next he went to the china closet thinking by chance there might be a forgotten box of after dinner mints there, but to no avail. Next he toyed with the idea of driving to the store, but his town was not a big city and most everything was shut down for the night. Then it came to him. In a drawer with some herb tea bags there just might be a packet of hot chocolate powder. Swooping down he found it. Nestled among the apple orchard, mint medley, fruit and almond, orange and spice was his reward. He had found some chocolate.
There are times when God seems remote and we are in need of His presence. The writer of Psalm 42:1,2 put it so well. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
Jesus once told us if we will seek we shall find. The real quest will be rewarded as we discover it was God who was seeking us.
Written by Roger Bothwell on July 27, 2000
PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574