Bingo! Shiny, multi-color wrappers, clothing bits of sweetness. I found myself "listening" closer to their messages than the presenter.
Those eye-catching colored wrappers can clothe a variety of interiors, kind like us. Know any twins? They can be identical on the outside, and vastly different in personality, perspective, and priorities inside, like candies and their wrappers.
Tom and his younger brother have been mistaken for twins their whole lives. Looks can be deceiving because their temperaments couldn't be more opposite. A little reminder not to judge a book, or candy, or a fellow human being by their covers.
A steady diet of my favorite Reese's Peanut Butter Cups isn't good for me. Neither is limiting my circles of people to only those like me. One of the beauties in groups of people is its diversity, like wrappers on the candy aisle.
* Have you noticed how much noise candy wrapper cans make? And usually when you don't want them to? In another lifetime, my best friend and I made all kinds of embarrassing trouble for our youth pastor when we lined his pastoral robe with lozenge wrappers.
Do you know someone who frequently seems bent on filling even the smallest bits of silence? (Of course, it's not you.) I've known a couple of people who spent their early childhoods in dire straights, often left alone. Sometimes they seem to talk just to fill the air. When I hear their chatter, I have to remember that lonely people, like candy wrappers, have a purpose and plan.
I told one of my colleagues that everything is a blog post. She looked at me questioningly. When I dumped the bowl and scattered the candy wrappers for a picture, my colleague looked at me like I was crazy.
Dear Reader, I promise my middle name isn't "Pollyanna". I know, I know. Candy wrappers are pretty trivial. I've noticed though, God also seems to care about and teach through trivial. Need some biblical examples?
How about the talking donkey (Numbers 22:27-29), or burning bush ( Exodus 3:1-4), or the fish with a coin in its mouth (Matthew 17:27)? God isn't limited in ways or means to reach out to us. Perhaps He enjoys surprising us, or checking to see if we're paying attention. If we're paying attention, we can find His lessons all around us.
How has God unexpectedly reached out or taught you a new lesson lately? When, or where, are you most likely to sense His hand at work?