A Moment to Reflect

20 August 2020

A Moment to Reflect -86


Talking of skies… what about a sky full of chocolate? No, this is not just the fantasy pipedream of a chocaholic, nor the nightmare of a determined dieter: it actually happened the other day. Check out the story for yourself:


Some years back I had the privilege of visiting a chocolate factory in the heart of the Amazonian region of Bolivia. It was part of a project supported by Christian Aid. The idea of building a small chocolate factory near to where the wild 100% organic cocoa is harvested was a stroke of genius. Together with other local projects it enables the indigenous villagers to make a living while retaining a traditional lifestyle. The key to it was ensuring that value was added locally to the harvested crop rather than all the profit going to large multinational companies. And, by the way, the single-origin chocolate is superb!

Recently I was showing one of my grand-daughters photographs that I had taken in Bolivia of that visit to the chocolate factory in the jungle, as well as photographs I had taken in Ghana of freshly harvested cocoa pods.  I was trying to show to her the process by which chocolate is created from cocoa pods to the finished product. She was very interested, and I could see that she was taking in a lot of the information.

“So that’s how chocolate is made,” I said to her after the final photograph. She turned to me, nodded her head, but then said, “But I don’t think you were there!”

To be fair, I wasn’t in any of the pictures: I was behind the camera taking them. But is there so much ‘fake news’ out there that even a four-year-old can no longer trust her grandfather to be telling the truth?

Of course, it might be a consequence of how our conversation originally started when I saw her eating a chocolate bar and asked her if it was a tasty carrot and went on to tease her that chocolate was a plant that grows in the ground with feathery green leaves and a long red root. It’s what led me to show her my photographs of the chocolate factory in the first place.

I wonder if she’ll believe me if I tell her now that in Switzerland chocolate falls like snow out of the sky?

Reflect on the question of whether or not we always need to see to believe?“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” John 20:29