Chocolate Mountains

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Psalm 90

Yes, establish the work of our hands! (v. 17 NIV)

As children, my brother, sister, and I attempted to re-create Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Room in our garage. In the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a handful of lucky kids entered a magnificent, vaulted room of sensory delight. Through this amazing cavernous chamber ran the gurgling chocolate river.

In our homemade version, plywood served as the foundation. Mud, loads of it, covered the base and loomed upward to form the massive, chocolate mountain. Lifesavers and lollipops dotted the landscape. Running the garden hose up through the “mountain,” water began cascading down the sides. Chocolate-brown liquid soon filled the lakebed, trickled across the field and out the door – it was perfect!

Suddenly, the mountain began to give way. The mud base quickly disintegrated into an oozing mess, and our work vanished before our eyes.

The psalmist says that earthly life is like that “chocolate” mountain. It is brief and fragile – we quickly return to dust. Our lives are transient and our labors are meaningless. Yet God redeems lost humanity. He chooses to bless us, to “establish the work of our hands.” By his grace, both what we do and who we are has immense and lasting value. The psalmist is in awe. “Yes, Lord!” he repeats in wonder, “prosper the work of our hands.”


Lord, grant us your favor that our labors might prosper.