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.
- One box of strawberry cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs as directed on box)
- 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temp.)
- 1 packet (0.23oz.) of Kool-Aid Lemonade
- Yellow food coloring gel (as desired for color)
- 2 cups Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
- 8 oz. Cool Whip Topping
- Fresh strawberries to garnish.
- 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.
- Cream together cream cheese, lemonade and yellow food coloring until smooth.
- Mix marshmallow creme in and then mix in Cool Whip until completely smooth. Refrigerate until cake is cooled and cut.
- Cut each cake layer in half.
- Alternating layers of cake with layers of filling, assemble cake. End with layer of filling.
- Top with sliced strawberries.
- Refrigerate and serve chilled.