God Cares About Your Chocolate Craving

Contributor, Cindy Fumbata

"What is the price of two sparrows- one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your father knowing it" -Matthew 10: 29 (NLT)

Something really cool happened to me the other day.

I was on my way to a French lecture and I was suddenly hit by a chocolate craving (I might have a problem but don’t judge me, God’s not finished with me yet). On my way out I said to God ‘Hey, God. Please bring someone with chocolate into my life. Or let someone think of chocolate and me in the same thought and have a sudden desire to buy me chocolate.’ I got to my lecture, sat down next to a friend and started chatting. In the middle of our conversation she stops, turns to look me in the eye and asks (I kid you not) ‘Cindy, would you like some chocolate?’.

Just like that. Out of the blue.

I was happy and touched. Happy because I finally got my chocolate fix; touched because although I know that God cares about every aspect of our lives, it’s hard to fathom that the All-Powerful Creator of the universe who holds time and space in His hands would care about my chocolate craving. He not only cared, but He provided.

Still hard to get your head around? Think of it this way: Say your friend has an interest in a hobby that you’re not particularly interested in; or a hobby you just don’t like. Because they’re your friend, you still show some interest in it for their sake. Even if you have no interest in the hobby at all, it matters to you because it matters to someone you love. I think the same applies to God.

Isn’t that amazing? If the All-Powerful Creator of the universe can concern Himself about something as trivial as a chocolate craving, how much more our dreams, aspirations and anxieties?

To be more specific, how much more does he concern Himself with that term essay you have no idea where to start with? Or other things,

Like whether you’re getting enough sleep.

Psalm 127: 2: “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves. ”

Or whether you have enough money to pay your rent at the end of the month.

Matthew 6: 8: “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

And even whether or not you’re choosing the right career.

Psalm 37: 23: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD and he delighteth in his way."

He cares. More than we think He should. More than what makes sense to us. He knows and cares about every intricate aspect of your life. The Bible says in Proverbs 16: 3, ”Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” Let’s challenge ourselves. Let’s teach ourselves to commit things as small as chocolate cravings to Him so that we’re able to commit things as big as making life-changing decisions to Him as well.

Prayer:

Dear, Abba

I know you said in your word that you know the plans that you have for me. Plans to prosper me and not to harm me. Please show me practical expressions of you care in my everyday life. Let my life be such an amazing testimony that people realise such awesomeness can only be a result of an amazing God.

Amen.

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Where is your heart at?

This week’s devotion by

Mbali Sebaeng

Bible reading : 1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

My aunts were in a fist (or was it a slap?) fight recently. One of them took it upon herself to inform me of what happened. In her relaying of the story, she mentioned that she knew she was a drunk, but she wondered what kind of Christianity my other aunt was portraying, engaging her in a fight for something that she deemed useless? She went on to say that God looks at who you are as a person and how you treat others, not if you are a drunk or not.

While I don’t completely agree with her theology, she had a point.

My other aunt made herself look like she was a better human being and sister by parading her sobriety and what she had achieved. We are under so much pressure; go to school, get your degree, get a job, climb the corporate ladder (yes, even you artistic soul), get a car and house, travel, get married (or not), have children (or not),retire, and finally die with everything on your bucket list ticked off. These are good things, but somehow I don’t think that the treasure is in the acquiring, but in something else.

Maybe God is less concerned with exactly what you’re doing and more concerned with who you are becoming.” Jeff Goins, The In Between

Imagine that! Imagine that in our quest of achieving all these things, God was less concerned with ticking items off the “My Will for Mbali’s Life” list, rather,he was watching who I was becoming in the process of it all. I’ve heard that God is a God of process. Whenever I heard this, internally I would roll my eyes and think “another Christianese cop out!”, outwardly I would nod politely. But it makes sense.

When God sent Samuel to anoint David as king, Samuel had an image in mind of what a good king looked like. But God had something else in mind as the first priority: The heart. David’s heart was after God’s own heart. In David’s journey, with each thing that he accomplished, his heart was becoming more of what God wanted it to become. Don’t get confused, David had the strength and looks (all the outward things) of a king, he was just the youngest. But he had something else that distinguished him.

For your reflection

In the process of fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives, we constantly need to check who we are becoming. Are we becoming more like Christ? Or will he not recognize us as his own when we finally come face to face with him?

Say this little prayer

“Lord Jesus, thank you that you have had a life full of adventure mapped out for me since before I was born. I pray that on the journey of fulfilling all these things, I may always have my heart turned towards you becoming who you made me to be. I ask this in your name. Amen.”

Mbali Sebaeng is a writer, linguist, friend and self-taught horizontal runner. She spends her days teaching at a high school in Soweto and trying not to lose her sanity. Check out more of her thought-provoking writing at Thinking and Thunkings (click link).