This God his way is perfect; the promise of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 18:30 NRSV)
Life magazine calls Steve Bailey, the Candy Man from Lebanon, PA. Steve has about 20,000 Hershey's Kisses pass his inspection station every 60 seconds! Steve's job is to search for anything less than sheer chocolate perfection. He admits, some pieces don't quite pass the perfect specifications that are required. The public's expectations of what a Hershey's Kiss is supposed to look like when it is unwrapped are so high that only perfection will do!
Steve will not allow a defective piece of chocolate to pass his station only to disappoint whoever unwraps it at home. No, when we indulge in a Hershey's Kiss, Steve sees to it that it is exactly 15/16 of an inch diameter at the base, that it has the proper smooth appearance, that it is not leaning to the side, and above all the imperfections his trained and a steady eye checks the curl at the top can't be either standing up too straight or drooping too low. It must be perfect!
Now, here's the question. What happens to the Kisses that fall short of these lofty chocolate requirements? Steve tells us that he picks out the imperfect specimens of chocolate and brushes them aside to a catch-off pan where they go into a process that is called, the rework. Here the defective pieces are melted down, the chocolate is mixed with the rest of the pre-hardened candy, and the process starts all over again, continuing until chocolate perfection is reached.
No, we are not perfect, but Christ makes us perfect in the sight of God.
Lord Jesus, I certainly am not perfect, but I am humbled by your perfect presence in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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