My oldest loves chocolate, as two-year-olds do. He also loves honey and black coffee of all things. Don’t worry, he’s only ever had maybe a teaspoon of coffee in his life, but he says he loves it, nonetheless.
So, when I made myself a chocolate honey latte over the weekend I obviously offered a sip to my tiny connoisseur. I was expecting big eager eyes and an excited gulp, but instead, I was met with a turned-up nose.
“I do not wike dat,” he said confidently through scrunched lips. “Yes you do! It’s coffee with honey and chocolate. You love all of those things,” I replied thinking it would convince him.
“Nope. I do not want some,” he reassured me.
I pressed. “Dude, you are turning down glorified chocolate milk right now. Just try it!”
“No thank you, Mommy. I do not wike dat. Dat does not wook wike chocolate.” Not that he would know, because he wouldn’t even come close enough to smell it.
I rested my case. About an hour later, maybe a little less, I watched curiosity overtake him as if it were a puppeteer, pulling his strings all the way back to me.
“Can I try you coffee now?”
I giggled watching him tip my mug back with both hands. I don’t think ever came up for air as he peppered off the last few mouthfuls. When he finally did, he looked up at me with a big white smile in sharp contrast to his chocolate mustache, and seemed to say in all capital letters, “That was good, Mommy!”
It made me think: How many times has the Lord offered something to me He knew I would have loved, spiritual chocolate and honey, but I turned it down without even sniffing it first? Like a picky toddler, I turned up my nose as if I knew something He didn’t.
No matter how many times He put it in front of me, it didn’t look like anything I had ever seen, so I passed it up. Finally, either curiosity got the best of me, or His persistence became so much that I really had no other choice but to taste and see. And when I did, I was never the same, my only regret was that I hadn’t taken Him at His Word sooner!
His heart for me and for you is joy and provision. He is our fiercest champion on the mountain and in the valley. He is good and He is trustworthy, and He withholds no good thing from those who walk with Him. He only has your best interest in mind.
So, knowing these things, the next time you find yourself on the fence about a chocolate honey latte, just take a sip. You’ll be glad you did.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly Psalm 84:11.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves (Ephesians 1:3-6).