When Something Sweet Turns Sour

by | Aug 25, 2016 | Spiritual Growth | 12 comments

Chocolate…yum. I love everything about it. The mouth-watering flavor, smooth creamy touch and delightful scent is pleasing to my senses. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that my favorite expresso drink is mocha. In fact, 4:00 mocha time is my favorite little afternoon indulgence.

It was only natural for me to put a venti decaf skinny mocha in the back of my car to drink later while packing recently for a girl trip to Dallas. A few miles into the trip, the wonderful aroma of chocolate suddenly began to permeate my car. I thought, Ahh…I love that smell. After a few minutes I realized that my mocha cup had turned over and the contents were on the floor, but I was rendezvousing with my daughter and granddaughter in Waco and didn’t have time to clean it up. So I left my car without much thought of the pool of fragrant liquid that had soaked into the carpet.

Two days later I got back into my car to head home. As soon as I closed the door my nostrils were filled with a putrid odor. Wondering what the awful smell was I pondered, It smells like something died in here! Suddenly in anguish I remembered…Oh no, the mocha!! Instead of smelling deliciously wonderful, after sitting in the hot Texas summer sun for two days it smelled like death. Something that began as a sweet thing ended up turning sour.

Sin can be like that at times. It starts out as an innocent thought or action that in time, if not dealt with, becomes foul. I experienced this recently when I had the same sick feeling in my stomach that I’d experienced in my car ride home, only this time it wasn’t from spoiled milk. Like the mocha incident, I had been excited about the recent release of my new book Return to Joy. My desire from the beginning has always been for God to be honored by it in whatever way He desires. But when my friends and family kept asking me how the book was selling I became curious. At first, in innocent excitement, I began checking my Amazon ranking and comparing it with others. Within a couple of days, however, I’m embarrassed to admit that I had been wooed into something that made my heart feel sick. My mind had slowly shifted from being concerned about the way the book was impacting lives to being absorbed with its popularity. What started out as something sweet had turned into something sour.

I never wrote Return to Joy to become famous…that’s not who I am. My story is actually not about me…it’s about the Holy One who rescued me and restored everything that Satan had stolen in my life. As I bowed these sinful thoughts before my loving Father, who is a gracious and forgiving God, He drew me close and cleaned up the mess I had made in my mind. He reminded me that I am His beloved daughter which calmed my heart and  brought a smile back to my face. The amazing thing is that I truly don’t care how many books are being sold anymore. When people ask me this question I can honestly say, “As many as God desires.”

Even so, I am still pretty sure that heaven will smell like divinely sweet chocolate…and it will never turn sour!

12 Comments

  1. kathy Burrus

    Oh Bev! I so resonate with this journey. Thank you for reminding me of the “sweet”purpose God gave me for “Lovely Traces of Hope” too! If we keep joy & hope in perspective, he takes care of the rest. So appreciate you.

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      Oh Kathy. You are right there with me. I’m praying for the Holy One to go before you and pave the way for healing to take place through your book.

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  2. Joanna Roland

    I understand this- its easy for our focus to shift from God to us. I love that He forgives us and restores us when once again our focus is on Him.

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      You are so right, Joanna. Thanks for your encouraging words. ❤️

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  3. Tami

    I am reading your book Return to Joy.I cannot believe how much I can relate. I too had a similar upbringing. I relate completely. I am reading it very slowly trying to breath it all in. Thank you. TML

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      My dear friend, I’m so sorry for the pain you’ve experienced on the broken road. I’m praying for you as you seek the Holy One for healing. Remember that He is always with you and that you can trust His heart. May you find joy that overflows as you press into Him.

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  4. Carol Kennedy

    Thank you for reminding us how quickly and innocently a thought, word or deed can become sin when not focused on living our lives for God’s purpose. Indeed, we are all sinners, redeemed by a gracious and loving savior! May my thoughts and purpose be driven today by the Holy Spirit!

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      You are so right, Carol. God loves us and cleans our messes up. Blessings to you.

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  5. Joanna

    And Once again Returning to the Sweet Joy God intended only now sweeter. My Dear Precious Sister from another Mother This is Why I Love You and Pastor Gary so much because y’all are So Raw and Genuine. I have to be honest I hadnt purchased your book for a number of reasons but partly cuz I know I’m gonna be convicted of something. However if my life story is ever told I want you, Pastor and Max Lucado to write it. Y’all would be able to tell it better than I ever could and I not only lived it I have Survived it all for Gods Glory. Thank you for Who you are and for continuing to be Really Transparent.

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      Thanks Joanna. God is constantly moving in our hearts to draw us closer to Him. May you find His joy and peace in Him on the broken road.

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  6. Lisa

    Bev,

    You are such a blessing to so many women!! Anyone that reads your words, will be blessed. It is so easy to read your story, and relate to something that resonates within us. Thank you for sharing Gods’ intention in our lives. Sometimes we forget!!

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      Thank you, Lisa. I have so many thoughts in my mind and I love to share them. My heart’s desire is for many to draw ever closer to our Beloved Father. I am always praying for you as you battle health issues. ❤️

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