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Saturday night, I had a major ice cream craving–Big. Huge.
So, my sweet husband, nary a protest, offered to run to the store to pick some up. He called me from the store to see if I wanted low-fat, or full on ice cream? I decided to “think skinny” and asked for the low-fat. He came home with REAL mint chocolate chip for him and “skinny” cookies and cream for me.
As I loaded up my bowl, I decided it couldn’t hurt to do half and half, so I made a little combo. combining the real and the low-fat. I started with the low-fat first, but little-by-little, the mint chocolate chip kept creeping over. Eventually, I took a bite of the mint chocolate chip and I was a goner. I had tasted real ice cream as opposed to my “frozen dairy dessert” (yes, that’s what the box said!) and I’m telling you, once you go fat, it’s impossible to go back.
It was So. Much. Better.
I experienced this when I was pregnant and decided to stop eating artificial sweetener. I made the “sacrifice” to start drinking real Coke and Dr. Pepper on occasion (pizza, Mexican food, Outback and movies) instead of diet. Oh my word, I had been missing out all these years! I kept telling myself diet drinks were comparable to the real thing, but there is just no comparison. I have since abandoned artificial sweetener altogether and just stick with the real thing.
No matter how much something tries to resemble the real thing, ultimately, they just can’t compare. And the same holds true with our faith.
In life, there are all kinds of things out there that may try to offer us peace, security, love–but nothing comes close to comparing to the authenticity, power, and all-surpassing greatness of our God.
We can try for a temporary, artificial fix, but it will never come close to our God. Do yourself a favor and stick with the real thing–there’s just no comparison!
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.”