Yuck! Bitter Rotten Spoiled Nasty Creme-Filled Chocolate!

Forest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

He may have been a fictional character who lives on in reruns and DVD, but his philosophical approach is dead on.

A box of chocolates almost always has a few pieces that aren’t what you expect. You may think you have figured out which ones have all the good caramel filling, but then you misjudge and you get one with some kind of nasty tasting creme…

Life is often like that. Some of us cruise through life and all we ever get from the box is the best pieces of candy. But then some of us end up biting into the really bad stuff.

That is where I have been in many ways. I was given what feels and tastes like the worst piece of candy ever.

I promise you… You never want the kind of chocolate served up to my family on that fateful day.

You might be tempted to turn my analogy on its head and say it’s still chocolate. 

But consider this, sometimes you live and it is a living hell… Not good chocolate after all.

Bitter, rotten, spoiled, nasty, creme-filled chocolate, no matter how it is served, isn’t appetizing. Not yesterday. Not today. Not tomorrow.

There is no way to dress it up.

Personally, I am sick and tired of bad chocolate. I never want to place a piece of raspberry orange coconut creme filled nastiness in my mouth again. Unfortunately, chances are, it will eventually show up once more.

In the meantime, I am thankful for the good pieces that have come my way.

But it does leave me with a question. If it is wrong to question, ask and wonder why God didn’t keep those bad things from happening, should I then believe the good that is happening now is from God?

As you ponder that question, two things of interest…

Some have asked for the recipe for the Strawberry Lemonade cake Becki made for Easter dinner. It is posted below. If you make it, save a piece for me!

And last, my next post is going to be about my time working at a male strip club… Is there a punch line? You will have to read to know!

Les Ferguson, Jr.

Strawberry Lemonade

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INGREDIENTS:

  1. One box of strawberry cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs as directed on box)
  2. 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temp.)
  3. 1 packet (0.23oz.) of Kool-Aid Lemonade
  4. Yellow food coloring gel (as desired for color)
  5. 2 cups Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  6. 8 oz. Cool Whip Topping
  7. Fresh strawberries to garnish.

 DIRECTIONS:

  1. Make cake according to box and bake in 2- 9 inch round cake pans as directed.  Turn finished cakes over on cake racks and allow to cool completely.
  2. Cream together cream cheese, lemonade and yellow food coloring until smooth.
  3. Mix marshmallow creme in and then mix in Cool Whip until completely smooth.  Refrigerate until cake is cooled and cut.
  4. Cut each cake layer in half.
  5. Alternating layers of cake with layers of filling, assemble cake.  End with layer of filling.
  6. Top with sliced strawberries.
  7. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

 

19 thoughts on “Yuck! Bitter Rotten Spoiled Nasty Creme-Filled Chocolate!

  1. I am so thankful that Doug Young introduced me to your blog. I lost my husband last year and was left with a son that is 11 and a daughter that is 15. Your words inspire me to move on. I often ask why God took my husband at age 48. Why am I a widow with 2 children to raise alone. I question my faith a lot. I often wonder why God allows those evil people who do hideous crimes against children and adults and they are allowed to live in prison and we as taxpayers pay for them to live on this earth while our loved ones are not here with us. Thanks again. I can’t wait for your next writing.
    Debby Phillips

  2. Debby, it is great that you have found Les’s blog. I am sure you are most welcome to limp along here with the rest of us. God will help you along the way, with the good chocolate and the bad….

  3. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

      • Who is responsible for evil? Satan gets that credit. God could stop all evil. And He will some day. But He hasn’t yet. Satan is still the roaring lion.

          • Likewise Les. I have to admit that I am frustrated with this limited dialog and our inability to communicate.

            Here is what I wrote that you said that you did not follow:

            “Don’t think he gets the credit because he did not directly permit the bad stuff or the good stuff. In my view the issue is the created not the Creator.”

            Here is my rationale:

            1) The only way that one could say that God is involved in the permitting of evil or bad things is to blame Him because he gave humans free will that resulted in them doing bad things.

            2) This showed up with the first family when Cain murdered Abel. God warned Cain that sin was trying to grab hold of him but God did not stop Cain. Generally speaking, He still allows those kind of bad things.

            3) So God would have had to take away Cain’s ability to choose good over evil to save Abel. Sadly Cain chose evil when he could have chosen good.

            4) So God, generally speaking, allows bad things to happen because he has ceded His sovereignty (in a small way) to human beings who can make good or bad choices.

            5) If God removes our ability to choose then he not only prevents evil and bad things but He also removes our ability to love and do good things to each other.

            6) Our choice is to freely love and not do bad things. Hence my assertion that our problem is not with the Creator but with the created.

            Perhaps you can now tell me specifically what you do not understand about what I write? Maybe if I really understood the theology behind your views I would understand even if I do not agree? Perhaps a detailed dialog would clear up the confusion? I would be happy to dialog via email if that is better for you.

            Either way, I wish you well Les!

          • No frustration from me, Bob. This is more about where I am than it is about what you are saying. Perhaps in the next post or so, my confusion and questioning will be easier for you to address. Thank you for sticking with me and being my efriend!

  4. When going through chemo I would often refer to the experience as “Like a box of chocolates – from hell.” You never know what you’re gonna get but you can be pretty sure you ain’t gonna like it.
    Now I get to comfort folks who suffer the same way. May God grant that you never meet anyone, ever, who needs everything your experience has “taught” you but may He fill your days with the nicer things as you journey forward.

  5. “If it is wrong to question, ask and wonder why God didn’t keep those bad things from happening, should I then believe the good that is happening now is from God?”

    Probably not wrong in the sense of being sinful. Maybe the question should be “Is it helpful …” or “Does it bring me closer to God or alienate me from Him?”.

  6. That is the truth… I take a bit of the yucky chocolate and then try to give it to someone else… funny thing is.. most don’t want it, either.

    Becki, thanks for having your hubby post this recipe. It sounds heavenly… I’ll be making it.. .but Les… my brother, that means you have to come on down for a visit. 🙂

  7. I am confused. I keep seeing posts mentioning our free will. Of course we have free will and obviously we suffer when we make bad choices. But again, some of the horrific things in our lives are inflicted upon us, not the result of our free will or a bad choice we made. I do not question the existance of God, or my salvation. But there have been some really bad things in my life that were visited on me, in no way a result of a choice I made. That’s what I’m reading here and in some replies to previous posts. I am confused.

    • I am sorry Ramona for those bad things in your life. Sadly, some of us suffer because of the free will and bad choices of others. Some suffer because of natural phenomenon like the weather. Even so, I do not see God as one who is involved in that suffering.

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