Friday, October 5, 2012

Chocolate Explosion

There is a dessert my husband and I love to make, but we have only made it a handful of times.  The dessert is made by dipping balloons into tempered chocolate.  The resulting chocolate shells are then filled with the most incredible coconut mousse.  A center "hole" is scooped out and creme anglaise is poured out from the "hole" onto the plate.  The final product looks like a coconut chopped in half and tastes like a piece of heaven.

The reason we have only made this delectable dessert a handful of times is because it is very work intensive.  The last time we made it, we involved our grandchildren, who found dipping balloons in chocolate a fun procedure.  Only we didn't have the right balloons!  Shortly after dipping the balloons and sitting them on the silpat, the heat from the chocolate expanded the air in the balloons and POW!!  A chocolate explosion.  I found little bits of melted chocolate all over us and the kitchen.  There are probably still remnants of chocolate I have yet to find.

Those full balloons, full to the point of exploding reminds me of these verses:

 "The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy."Psalm 145:8 

"But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering,
 and plenteous in mercy and truth." Psalm 86:15 

Our Lord doesn't just have a little compassion toward us.  His grace, mercy and longsuffering toward us isn't just a "pinch" or a "smidge".  He is full -- FULL -- of compassion.  He is like that balloon, full to the point of exploding His compassion and mercy and longsuffering and goodness all over everything.  It gets to places we haven't even found in ourselves yet.  

He is so much more than we will ever, or can ever, know Him to be and it is ALL good.

"Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite." 
 "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." 
"O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: because His mercy endureth for ever."
Psalm 147:5; 147:3; 118:1

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