Life’s Like A Gumball Machine


Can you see where this post title is going?

Gumball machines aren’t as numerous as in the olden days,…hem, hem, last century when you couldn’t turn a corner without running into one of these brightly painted machines. Dating myself here, but when I was very little, I could remember penny machines, and then inflation took them to a nickel,…dime,…and now it’s generally a quarter,…if not more for a treat.

Plunk in your coin,…twist the handle with hopes for your favorite color, as they all taste the same, and wait with anticipation as the the machine rattles,…open the nickel door,…and voila,..your gumball is delivered.

Is that all?

Yep, but it’s the entire experience that you are paying for. The excitement of never knowing what you’re going to get. 

Yeah, I know the post title was kinda self-explanatory.

Life’s Like A Gumball Machine. You put in your coin, but you have no idea what you’re going to get.

Now you have to decide which is going to rule your life. Insecurity or excitement? Can we truly be content with whatever comes out of that machine? What if you get blue, but you wanted red? What if your gumball is cracked, or incomplete? What if the flavors are changed? This last is completely hypothetical query. Gumballs have tasted the same for millennia, but it’s a remote possibility.

Can we be content in any circumstance?

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13

Can’t predict life anymore than we can predict what color is coming out of a gumball machine, but we can be confident in the knowledge that although, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5-6 Or in other words,…plunk in your coin with full confidence,…whatever life gives you,…will be for the ultimate best!