At night, I dream of chocolate.
I am in a gourmet candy shop—like the one my college boyfriend took me to that Valentine’s Day. The air is rich with melted sugar and I stand at the counter and select one plump truffle from underneath the glass. It is dark and full like the moon in shadow and cocoa powder is pressed onto its moist curves like crushed velvet. A young girl puts my prize into a white box trimmed in red and my mouth is ready. I can taste it—can feel bitter give way to sweet as it melts on my tongue.
She puts the box on a scale and lifts her eyes to mine.
“That will be $86.10, please.”
I open my eyes in the dark.
Everything I want—right there in a neat little package. But it costs too much.
Didn’t I read it in Psalm 60 just that morning? That anguish riddled Psalm that had me in tears? Such an impassioned plea for help.
You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us; you have been angry—now restore us! He says.
You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking—verse 2.
And I wonder about this battle—the one that has David in such distress. But when I look further, I see this battle was a great victory.
The very beginning of the chapter says this: A miktam of David, it says. When he fought Aram Naharaim and Aram Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
And when I read about this battle in two other books of the Bible I see this: The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went.
And so I am thinking about victories and chocolate truffles and wondering about the price of some things. What are my twelve thousand Edomites? And what if there were only one?
Would it be worth the sweet melt on the tongue?
And I can’t help thinking of the One who paid it all…
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