Patty Wysong has created a fun meme where once a week bloggers posted on the letter of the week. Check out the details here. It is called A2Z: Take 2. A2Z as she challenges bloggers to write a post each week going through the alphabet. Take 2 since this is the second time she has used this meme. Anyone can join in and you don’t have to always participate.
What does the letter C bring to my mind and heart?
Creator God and Chocolate
One of my best friends – a retired Catholic priest – begins his prayers when we are together with these words, “Creator God…”
I love it how he starts all his times with God remembering and honoring God as Creator.
The attributes of God as Creator humble me, yet draw me closer to this God who can do absolutely anything and everything including loving us simple and frail human beings.
God’s hands shaped the universe out of chaos. In a blink of His eye, God established the hundreds of billions of galaxies, black holes from which nothing can escape, even light and the estimated two million comets just in our solar system.
God’s mind dreamed detailed description of life: the polkadots on the giraffe, more than 12,000 species of ants, whales who compose underwater musical compositions, 30,000 facets or lenses in a dragonfly’s eye, four noses on a slug, eels who can produce a shock of up to 650 volts, catfish with 100,000 taste buds, and the 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body – laid end to end they would circle the earth 2.5 times.
God created another of my favorite “C” words: Chocolate
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One of my most requested topics as speaker and retreat leader is called “What Chocolate Taught Me about God.” This the story I tell at the beginning of the talk.
God decided one week to be creative.
After the first day of work when he returned to heaven, Michael, the archangel, asked him, “What did you do today, Lord?
He answered, “I made light and darkness, and it is good.”
After a second day of work, God sat down with Michael and told Michael that on that day he separated the waters and made the sky and is was good.
The third day it was getting rather late, Michael was worried. It isn’t like God to be late, you know. Finally the Lord appeared, skipping and happy, showing all sorts of signs of joy.
“What did you do today Lord that made you so happy?”
“On this third day, I separated the water and made the dry ground appear, and then all the vegetation began to grow.”
“Oh,” said Michael, “all the brown stuff on your hands and face, is dirt then?
“Oh no,” said God, “this is chocolate. It is great stuff and it is very, very good.”
“How are you ever going to top that creation Lord?”
“Mmmm, let me think about that for a few days,” replied God.
On the fourth day God made the sun and the moon and it was good.
Still thinking, the fifth day, He made animals, birds, creatures of the sea and it was good.
And on the sixth day, He said, “let us make man in our own image.” And He did make man and woman and gave them all the things of the earth to take care of. The Bible even mentions God gave them all seed bearing plants. Genesis 1:29 – “I give you every seed bearing plant on the face of the earth and every plant that has fruit with see in it.” – that is chocolate plant.
He looked over everything he had made and it was good, so very good.
I praise the Lord for His creativity – snails, sea horses, and stink bugs.
I praise the Lord for His wisdom – the sun to provide light and life and waters to nourish us.
I praise the Lord for starting it all – the order – rhythm of the tides, the pattern of the seasons, and beauty in His rich color palette.
I praise God for the lessons I learn in the waiting and rest of winter.
I praise the Lord for spring – time of new births, fresh air, and renewed spirit.
I praise the Lord for seeing to the details that enrich our lives beyond measure – the smell of a newborn babies, the smile of a 99 year old friend, the laughter of families together, and yes, the yummy taste as sweet chocolate as it melts in our mouths.
I praise the Lord for who He is – Creator God.