‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’ -Forrest Gump
This quote rings true to every day, but what better day to reflect on it then ‘Love Day?’ I’ve learned that in this life there are no guarantees, warrantees, returns or refunds. No amount of will power can can make life cooperate just the way we want it to. This life is JUST like a box of chocolates. You make a choice to pick the chocolate you like and then pop it in your mouth. You bite and chew until you start to taste the flavor. And, it just may be the best tasting chocolate you’ve ever had. Or, it may be the yuckiest! It’s one of those things that you just can’t know until after you’ve already made the choice. Similarly, in this life, we are faced with choices every day. For all of us, they start the minute we open our eyes. Will we get up, or will we stay in bed a little longer? Will we pray and read the word, or will we do that later? Some of us are waking to a baby crying or to the phone ringing. Will we go pick up the child or let him fuss a while longer? Will we answer the phone or let it go to the voicemail? Just as we are faced with choices, we are also presented with opportunities. Opportunities to draw closer to God, to love people better, to eat a little healthier, or to lean on the Lord for everything that concerns us. Or, we can choose to ignore the opportunities. Reject God, harbor bitterness, eat whatever we please, or just do everything in our own strength. Some of us will simply go through the motions or fly by the wind, believing that we aren’t really making any true decisions. But, when we don’t make any decisions, we deceive ourselves. Because, indecision is still decision.
How amazing is it to know that God chose to love us before the foundations of the earth? Before, we ever did anything right or made a right choice? That God doesn’t operate and function the way we so? That he knew exactly what he was going to get from you and from me, and He still CHOSE us? That God doesn’t waiver in His love or in His choice toward us?
Ephesians 1:4-5 says, ‘Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.’
He wanted us! And, choosing us gave him great pleasure! Even with the ugly parts of us and the unpleasantries in each of us, He didn’t waiver on His choice to love us! He has a beautiful end to this crazy earth life, predestined for all of us. To live with and become one with Christ; to experience eternal pleasure forever. And, He has gone ends of the earth for you to know this love. He gave his only son for YOU.
Life IS like a box of chocolates and we can’t really ever know what today or tomorrow will bring. But, when we choose God, we can know that He will be with us. We can know that this life isn’t all there is; that what we experience here is nothing compared to what has been laid out for those who choose Him. All we can really know about this life is that it will end one day. It seems so sad to me; so hard to believe that we just live for a while and then die. As I said before, in this life there are no guarantees, warrantees, returns or refunds. However, there is a wonderful exchange policy. Christ gave His life, so that we may live for eternity.
John 3:16 says,
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’
It really is that simple, friends. This life isn’t all there is. If it were, how could I ever keep going? I know that I know that I will see my son again. This is the hope I have in Christ. The truth is, this life can never truly fill us. Even if everything was to go our way, there would still be a void. We all thirst for more, if we are truly being honest with ourselves. Only God can fill that deep hole that just doesn’t seem to go away. We were made for more than here and now. What better day to receive the free love offered to us then Valentine’s Day? It will be the best choice you ever make; a true exchange offered freely with no strings attached. The one choice that tells you exactly ‘what you’re gonna get.’