The open market had a strange looking bumpy oblong shaped fruit and when we asked the lady sitting cross legged on the mat on the ground behind the table she said “it’s cacao fruit”.
We bought the four biggest ones for 50 Vatu each (equivalent to .50USD) and put them in our bulging market bag.
When we got home Monday night Eric had prepared a beautiful scripture lesson on the Lords timing. He invited everyone into the kitchen where we learned how cacao plants are planted, harvested and turned into chocolate.
Without the proper timing and process, the cacao fruit which is a sweet fruit with bitter seeds inside, can never be transformed into the yummy chocolate we see at the grocery store.
The girls all gathered together, took apart the cocoa fruit, cut down banana leaves from the back yard and started the process of fermenting and drying the cocao beans.
After separating the seed from its fruit you must ferment it for three days and then lay it to dry in the sun for three days. After all that you crush it and cook it and turn it into chocolate adding milk and sugar.
I started thinking about it. Hmmmm.
I wondered to myself How many times do I judge other people or myself , thinking I ought to, or they ought to already be the finished product?
With faith in Gods purpose, plan and timing We can trust the process of growing and maturing and love people around us just as they are.
That’s my thought for today, enjoy your chocolate-we did!!