Tuesday, March 8, 2011

God & Chocolate: Crave the real thing for each

I wanted something sweet after dinner last night - something in the chocolate category. My available option was limited to chocolate chips but they didn’t sound right for the choco-attack I was having. For some reason, chocolate pudding sounded soooo good. Usually, I find pudding ok, but it’s not one of my favorites. Plus, our family avoids artificial flavors and colors so I don’t buy the powder in a box that you mix with milk. Too fake.

I pulled out Betty’s recipe book, knowing that Mrs. Crocker could tell me how to make chocolate pudding.

I lined up the listed ingredients on my kitchen island. I mixed, stirred, and boiled. I poured it into a pan to cool in the refrigerator.

Later, my husband and I each snuck a bowl full after the kids went to bed. I just finished my second serving after lunch today.

This pudding is so good. Cocoa, sugar, milk – ok, I admit I might have used half and half; all real ingredients. No bitter aftertaste from artificial flavors. No fear of funky chemicals messing with our brains.

As I sat at my desk, enraptured by each bite, I thought about how good it is to have the real thing. Yes, it takes a little time and effort but the real thing is so much better than the quick, easy product for which we often settle.

I want the real thing in my spiritual life as well. I don’t want to settle for a religion that comes in a quick and easy box. I don’t want the bitter aftertaste of a religion that adds a bunch of stuff to make it look like the real thing. I want the relationship God intended; not some artificial religion created by man that was never designed for human consumption. I want to put forth some time and effort, build a relationship with my Creator and Savior, and become more enraptured with Him every time I sit down to open His Word.


  1. Next time...while the pudding is still hot pour it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is crazy but the hot and cold combo and then the melting and clumping combo....too die for. yummy.

  2. Mmmm...Sounds wonderful, Michelle. Kind of like a hot fudge sundae. Yum.