One of the most popular movie lines of all time (it ranks on AFI’s list as #40 out of the top #100 movie quotes) is known by young and old alike, regardless of their knowledge of the movie itself:
"Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump, 1994
We say the line to be clever. Or factual. To be funny, or even to encourage someone. Because, quite frankly, we just don’t know what life holds. And what better way to sum up life’s complexities than with a comparison to chocolate?
While the quote is great, another comparison can be made that is very sad indeed--we treat God as if He is a box of chocolates. We act like God sent a different Savior for each individual. “She has the God who showers her with blessings!” “I have a God who is distant.” “Lord, your plan looked great-but why did you reveal a surprise?”
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, it is critical we realize the biggest truth God has given: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrew 13:8). Our all-knowing God sent us a Savior who could connect with each of us on a personal level. Not because Christ could change, but because He is enough to meet the needs of every--very different!--individual.
God truly loves us so much that He sent His Son--not so we would have a top #100 verse to quote (John 3:16), but so we could know how much He loves and values each of us. We don’t know what life holds, but please cling to the truth that God is with you and for you all the time. May your relationship with Christ be the sweetest, most special treat you ever accept and enjoy.