A few years ago we travelled around the USA as a family and visited a beautiful spot called Lake Gage in Indiana U.S.A. We had a great time seeing the sights, walking by the lake, admiring the picture postcard houses, eating lots and being introduced to some American traditions.
One of those traditions was making smores; a gooey marshmallow and chocolate concoction squished between two sweet crackers. On learning how to make Smores properly I’ve decided that smores are a little bit like how life can be.
To make a great smore you need two marshmallows (U.S. A. marshmallows are giant size) – one is okay, but two is better which is much like what the bible says, “Two are better than one, for when one person falls the other can help him up”. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) When we have the right people in our life who encourage and help us to be the best version of ourselves, two are better than one.
To make smores you need to toast the marshmallows so they are all gooey. God has also actually designed and works in us to be soft and gooey on the inside when we allow Him to work in our hearts. Just like a toasted marshmallow He wants us to be warm and soft in the middle so that things work, we have great relationships and things all come together.
Chocolate seems to make a lot of things better and smores are no exception. Coupled with two toasted marshmallows it just works, much the same as being with others in unity makes everything work better in life too. God says, that “where there is unity He commands a blessing.” (Psalm 133:1)
Lastly are Graham crackers – a crunchy, honey flavored cracker that makes a smore all come together. It’s the crunch that balances and makes all the gooey sweetness that extra bit special. Smore crackers are a lot like life’s “meaty bits” where you just have to buckle down and get things done. It may be a handful and even difficult to handle at times, but the “crunchy” not so smooth parts of life are where God works in us. He perfects our patience and character, and in the process we get the opportunity to put wheels on our faith.
Chocolate, marshmallows and crackers are all great individually, but they become something pretty special when put together. To be honest I think they really are better together.
Today know that God is the midst of every circumstance and is working to make everything work out for the best. There may be hard times, but God is still working in the difficulties and will draw people around you to encourage and lighten the load. Watch out for the sweet parts of your day and for those who love and care for you, because they are the ones who will help bring and keep it all together, much like marshmallows and chocolate.
“And we know that all things work together for good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purposes” (Romans 8 : 28)
Prayer: Lord help me to appreciate the sweet, gooey parts of my life, as well as the “I need to get on with it” parts. Thank you for what you are doing in me today and please help my life to be as flavoursome and good as a smore. In Jesus name Amen.