Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates Just Maybe Not This Year

August 24, 2020
Life is like a box of chocolates

You’re no doubt familiar with the quote, “Momma said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” However, I think Forrest Gump’s mom might have been a little off.

This year, life seems more out of the box…

It’s more like off the candy counter…

Reaching under the edge of a piece of furniture and seeing what you pull out.

It could be a piece of candy still in the wrapper or even a quarter or two (but the odds aren’t very good).

You’re more likely to meet cobwebs, splinters, and other undesirables.

Before you click away thinking you don’t need this kind of negativity in your life. Bear with me for just a moment.

Learning to Be Content

In Philippians, Paul wrote the following words, “… I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Paul might not have lived in 2020 with an epidemic, riots, and everything else we’re facing, but he went through a lot in his life. He really did know what it was like to be in pain. To be in bad situations. And he knew he could face them with Jesus.

I wanted to share this with you today, because sometimes we need to be reminded of things we already know.

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Psalm 136 is about God’s steadfast love. It says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” The in says something else and repeats, “for his steadfast love endures forever.” It talks about the creation of the world. Delivering the God’s people from Egypt. The battle for the promised land. And throughout it all, “his steadfast love endures forever.”

So, whenever I have problems in my life. I try to take on that same tactic. Just a refrain to claim. I thought I’d share my most recent one with you today. Because, last month, I hit my breaking point, and I needed this more than ever.

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When Life Fails To Give You Chocolate…

Here’s just a short overview of the past 30-60 days.

I passed the three-year mark for my chronic migraines. Meaning, I have only had one migraine free day now in over three years.

“But God is still good.”

Four of my family members were involved in accidents. One fender bender and two serious accidents that involved one ambulance and another life evac.

“But God is still good.”

My best-friend was in quarantine, so we had to cancel the weekend getaway we had planned. (The one my doctor recommended for my health).

“But God is still good.”

A dear friend committed suicide.

“But God is still good.”

I know it sounds simple, but in the midst of those very emotional, very real circumstances, that small repetitive reinforcement makes a big difference.

No Matter Where Life Finds You…

If you feel like life is throwing a lot at you this year, I want you to know you are not alone.

I’m over on Candidly Christian today, sharing three prayers based on Psalms you can pray when you’re overwhelmed, but you can also leave a comment here (or there) if you need prayer. I would be happy to pray for you.

You can find my post here: https://candidlychristian.com/just-breathe/

Before You Go…

Before you go, I would love to hear from you. How do you handle the stressors of everyday life? Big or small? Join the conversation in the comments below.

And then, don’t forget to hop on over to Candidly Christian and read my post, “Do You Need to Take a Moment & Just Breathe?”

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