Today’s Chocolate: Theo Organic 70% Dark Chocolate w/ Coconut
Today’s Passage: Psalm 127
King David, the shepherd-poet-king, is practically synonymous with the Psalms, but apparently his son Solomon penned a few lyrics himself. Two of the psalms are attributed to him, Psalms 72 and 127. Psalm 72 discusses the responsibilities of kings to judge fairly and care for the needs of the poor, but Psalm 127 concerns subject matter that we non-kings may find a bit more relatable. Specifically, it’s about relying on God and having children.
The first half of the psalm riffs on the theme of God as necessary and sufficient condition for success: you can’t do it without him, and he’s all you need. With all my thought about work and rest and how to handle them, verse 2 stood out to me: “It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” What’s the point of working excessively long hours when God’s on hand to do all the heavy lifting for you? If you’re building the same thing as him, harvesting the same fields that he’s watered and nourished with his rain and sun, he’ll pick up the slack when you need to rest. He provides even when you’re asleep. Most days don’t need to be ten-hour work days. Some don’t even need to be eight. If you finish the day’s work early, go home and chill with the people closest to you.
Which brings us to the second half of the psalm, which concerns children. God blesses human labor, including the process of going into labor and giving birth. Solomon tells us, “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (127:3). As a basically-lifelong single dude, I am the recipient of other gifts from God, but not that of children. All the same, some of my friends and relatives have children, and I can see the joy that their offspring bring them, experiencing it by proxy. Children are cool, and even though my “household” is just me and my artwork…perhaps I should adopt?
New chocolate today: Theo’s coconut chocolate. I remember in 3rd grade I went through an Almond Joy kick, and Theo’s coconut bar brings me back to those times. The coconut mostly provides texture, but there’s a hint of cool fresh flavor in there too, and I dig it.