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Topic: CANDY (04/28/16)
- TITLE: Hand Painted with Love
By Michol Tanner
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This first experience in candy making was pretty straightforward. Not much skill was needed to create those solid colored bells that would adorn the tables at my reception. My second experience, however, was a little different. One of Elsie’s holiday traditions was to make candy for every member of her family, as well as for many of her church family, and others; this amounted to a lot of chocolates.
I was amazed by her attention to detail despite how many hundreds of chocolates she was making. These candies were not just a solid color chocolate poured into a mold. No, these were all hand-painted with loving care. She melted several different colors of chocolate and then used tiny brushes to paint the details carefully before filling the molds. Elsie knew the preferences of each person she was making candy for as well. Mine, for example, she filled with peanut butter and finished off with white chocolate.
As I look back on this experience, I am reminded of the care and attention that God gave to creating each of us. We are not like the wedding bells, copy cats of each other. Each of us is unique; hand painted by a loving Father. The Bible declares we are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
Just like Elsie knew intimately those that she was making chocolates for, God knows us even more intimately. Psalm 139:2-4 (NIV) attests to this: “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”
Father, thank you that you care about us so much that you didn’t make us from molds. You created us each unique, filling us with gifts and talents all our own. When we are tempted to compare ourselves to others, help us remember that if you had wanted us to be like them, you would have made us not in your image (Genesis 1:27), but in the image of others. Help us rejoice in your handiwork and accept who you so painstakingly created us to be.
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