“Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.” (Psalm 86:4-5 )
If you haven’t heard, chocolate can actually be good for you. Especially if it is dark chocolate. But I knew that long before the studies proved it. In one of my former jobs I had to deal with the public and on stressful days that was sort of challenging. But I found it I had a bit of chocolate it would lift my mood and I could feign pleasantness even if I could not feel it deep within me. I am one of those fortunate (or some might say unfortunate) few who are sensitive to the mood lifting effects of chocolate. I say that it might be unfortunate because I could sometimes tend to over do my chocolate “therapy.” But favoring dark chocolate over milk chocolate I am able to get some benefits even if I indulge too deeply.
Now is chocolate my God? No, I am not that far gone. But it is true that just like pondering and meditating on God, thinking about and eating chocolate brings me joy and lifts my spirits. And when dark chocolate is taken in moderation, it is forgivable to eat it and very yummy, just God is forgiving and delicious to the spirit. And the benefits of eating dark chocolate applies to every one, just as God’s grace and mercy is available to all.
I am not proposing we substitute chocolate for God. But I could very easily advocate that eating more chocolate would be bring about more peace. While chocolate is no longer just for kids, there is a purity and innocence to chocolate. What could be more soothing than a fine piece of chocolate enjoyed in the company of fellow chocolate lovers?
In our world where hatred, evil, violence, and war drag down and drain the spirit, we must look for those times and places that build us up and soothe us. God has given all of us the desire to find sources and oasis of joy and peace. These verses from Psalm is a testament to that. Gentle reader, may you find the places and resources that bring you joy and peace, chocolate covered or not. Selah!