You know I believe the word speaks that all things are good but not profitable (1 Corinthians 10:23). I suppose the context can be applied to many things in life. As much as the chocolate was sweet in my coffee this morning, to me it wasn’t worth all the noise that it took to get it in there.
I am living with a Haitian family and they will do just about anything to make my stay pleasant, for which I am grateful. Before moving in, and being there for the first few days I have had to remind them not to change anything and that they don’t have to do anything special for me. I suppose my words don’t matter. They are quite intentional about their hospitality.
However, one morning in a desire to be still, I was shaken by a bunch of noise. I went into the kitchen and saw that the Mom was doing something, she said “chocolate.”
Later as I drank some coffee, I realized that she had just made some of the sweetest coffee I have ever tasted. I know it was done with a upright good heart and it certainly tasted very good.
As I continued to drink and watch the sunrise, I realized that there was a lesson to be learned here. Even though something is good in our life, perhaps tastes sweet and pleasant, doesn’t always mean it is good for us or that it is profitable. I could have done without all the noise that it took to make it.
For this one, noise and chaos are a spirit quencher. A momentary break in the stillness and quiet spirit of God was not worth the sweetness of the coffee that I had tasted. Learning many things.