I watched a program on cable last week that fascinated me. It was the story of how they make chocolate. It's fascinating to me because from the raw bean you would never think that chocolate could be the result.
What was interesting was that the process of refining cocoa beans is not intuitive, not really what you would expect. In fact the raw bean is rather bitter. Even the roasted beans are bitter. The whole process of refining from a raw bean to luscious chocolate is difficult, takes time and does not produce a product you would want to enjoy until the very end. Who could have imagined that chocolate would be the result of this ugly, bitter bean?
It's a lot like the Christian life.
We begin as raw, rough, bitter people as God begins to refine us. It takes time. It's not always done the way you would imagine. It takes a lot of work to deal with the bitterness and begin to taste some sweetness. There is a lot of work to do to get the smoothness needed to make us tasteful.
It's a process of refining in the life of a person that yields a result you could have never imagined when you started....much like chocolate. It's a great analogy...the Christian life is like chocolate. It works for me!