While I was doing the groceries last weekend I ended up buying a box of chocolate hen’s eggs for my husband, Ramos. They are in a plastic case like real hens eggs and look quite realistic. I bought them because they always remind me of Ramos’ mum. One Easter, when Ramos and I had been doing the long distance dating thing with Ramos living in Cape Town and me up in Malawi, I returned with a suitcase full of gifts for the family from Ramos. One of the items was a box of chocolate hen’s eggs. The gifts were received with thanks and excitement.
On the next visit to the village I was met by Ramos’ mum who was bursting to tell me a story. She said: Do you know those eggs that Ramos sent? One lunchtime I was hungry and decided to cook two of them. So I put two in a pot of water over the fire. When Daniel came home from school I asked him to bring my eggs from the pot, but when he looked in the pot he said ‘Agogo, there is nothing but water here, are you sure you put eggs in?’ I said I put the eggs in that Ramos had sent from South Africa which caused Daniel to burst out laughing, explaining that they were chocolate not real eggs. When the gifts were given I had done my best to explain in my poor Chichewa that they were sweets, but my poor Chichewa was good enough for the grandkids to understand. Ramos’ mum must have been distracted by one of the other gifts and didn’t listen.
Ramos’ mum missed out on a sweet treat because she was looking for something else. It got me thinking about how we can miss out on what God wants to give us because we are either looking for something else or that we are too distracted to hear Him.
Psalms 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
We can be sure that God gives good gifts but often we live lives that are dissatisfied and looking for something else.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Lord help me not to miss out on the sweet gifts you give and to enjoy your chocolate eggs without trying to change them into something else.