Forrest Gump said “life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get”. That’s true to some extent in that we can’t predict our own life. Most of the time we also don’t know what’s going to happen in life either. Life is often like eating bites of chocolate: sometimes we get the really good pieces with the whipped chocolate truffle, but other times we get the nutty chocolate or the piece with the half dried cherry.
Sometimes though, we get a box of chocolates that has the label on the inside of the box. To me, in the metaphor of life, that’s the guidebook God has given us, aka The Bible. If we read the Bible and have conversation with God, our next steps will be clear. What happens though is that we get so excited about the chocolate that God has to offer that we forget to consult the guidebook for our next steps. Then we end up eating that rotten piece of chocolate with all of the nuts.
Other times maybe our chocolate pieces are out of order, and we end up with a piece that isn’t what we expected. That doesn’t mean the guidebook misled us; it simply means that we have to trust God even more for grace to deal with unknown situations.
My encouragement to you and to myself is to take time daily to spend time reading the guidebook for life and talking to the author of the guidebook.