Chocolate Surrender??? Yes, you read right. Several years back, God used chocolate to teach me, again, the concept of surrender. I'm going to subtitle this lesson as:
Whatever It Takes!
A few years ago, I was totally addicted to chocolate. It was really bad! I HAD to have a dark chocolate bar every day or I got really cranky!!!! I was getting really cranky too as I knew this was getting expensive and it just needed to stop! I finally couldn't take it anymore and went to the Lord sincerely in prayer, "Lord, whatever it takes, take the desire for chocolate away!"
I was totally serious! I didn't care what it took, what He had to do – just as long as I didn't crave it anymore!
Well, the Lord answered that prayer all right! I began having MASSIVE migraines every time I had chocolate! It was sooooo bad! Drilling in the temple and waves of dizziness which left me incapacitated in bed for the whole day after the day I'd had chocolate! The desire for chocolate quickly vanished! It became so intense, that all I had to do was think about eating some and I'd begin to feel that drilling in my right temple. Pain is an excellent deterrent! LOL
So that brings me to the application: How badly do I want certain things to happen or change? There's been other instances where it seemed whatever needed fixed in mejust didn't get fixed till I had the attitude, "Lord, whatever it takes, fix me!"
It reminds me of the Biblical account of the little widow woman who went to the unjust judge in Luke 18:1-8. She simply just wouldn't give up until she was set free from her adversary. Too often, our biggest adversary is ourselves as we fight against our own sin, but we must not give up!
I'm so thankful the Lord gives us so many promises to help us in our struggle against sin! What a wonderful Lord we serve!
"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." Lam 3:21-23