The last post I wrote, I mentioned the olfactory system. In addition to it aiding us in our ability to smell, it allows us to experience life through our taste buds. The LORD has been gracious enough to give us the ability to taste and enjoy His goodness.
For those who have had the experience raising young children, comments like:
“Do I have to eat that?” and “I don’t like that.” and “How many more bites?” may take you back to a season of life where everything that you made (other than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Mac-N-Cheese, or something else that came from a can, jar, or box ) was met with resistance from your little ones. It is pretty safe to make this correlation: The harder you work at preparing a nice dinner, the more your children will dislike it (when they are small– it gets better as they get older!)
No matter how much I explained that it was good for them, that they should just try a bite before they could say they didn’t like it, that they should be thankful for food to nourish their bodies, my husband and my words were met with cries (okay, tantrums), resistance, and sometimes tummies that were left unsatisfied and unfilled.
I believe the LORD gave us children for many reasons, one being that we can learn so much from them! Our two delights have taught us to seek Him more than we would have without them, to better understand His love for us, and to help us make connections between (1) the challenges they meet with a no apology external resistance and (2) the challenges that we meet with internal angst masked with an external appearance of self-control. To God, it looks exactly the same: Resistance.
How often are we this way with the Lord?
Sometimes we skip the meal.
Sometimes what He has cooked up looks questionable. We don’t want to trust Him because His ways don’t always look the best or most promising. We don’t want to be reminded that His ways are nourishing to us; that He created us for His special plans and purposes. So we refuse to trust Him. We push Him away. We refuse to take a bite of goodness because the “canned, processed, jarred things” are more familiar. More recognizable. Safer. Better, we assume.
Can I say it? We have a heart that believes that our way is better. That what we have cooked up for ourselves will be the most nourishing. The tastiest. The best thing for us. All the while, He is asking, “Come. Taste. Enjoy. Trust Me: it’s good!”
But it looks scary, unfamiliar, and uninteresting. For those with babies in high chairs who are just beginning to explore the world of food, you know where it goes. . . on the floor. They throw the good stuff straight down to the ground. And we come behind an clean up the mess that was made.
So does He. Every time we throw His plate of goodness on the floor, He graciously comes behind and picks up the mess, ready to offer us new goodness at the next meal. He is so patient with us!
Sometimes we come to the table with skepticism.
Often, one of our daughters will come to the table with questions and a look of distress, assuming the worst. I watch as her hopeful eyes scan the table to see what may have been served that looks appetizing. But mostly, I watch her eyes scan the table looking to find what has been served that we she is completely opposed to. What she absolutely hates. What makes her want to gag.
I know you are probably wondering what exactly I serve our family! For the most part, it is good stuff with an occasional miss that reminds me that I am still a work in progress. However, the menu items for the week are typically tasty and healthy, yet are often met with question, especially new, unfamiliar recipes. All the while, I whisper, “I know you will like this if you just try it! I wouldn’t serve you something that would harm you. Everything in this dish is good.”
Often, we approach the Lord with this attitude. . . Looking for what’s good but assuming we’ll only find what is disliked and uninteresting. All the while, He whispers, “I know what you need. I know what I’m doing. It’s good. Trust me. ”
King David wrote these beautiful words: “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).
The LORD is good. Period.
The LORD wants the best for us.
The LORD favors us.
The LORD can be trusted.
The LORD has a plan for us.
The LORD gives us life, both now and forever.
The LORD asks us to come!
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35, NKJV).
Come to the table with anticipation!
Our family enjoys watching cooking challenges. Chopped (Jr.) and Masterchef Jr. are our top favorites. In fact, our girls have been so captivated by these that they asked my husband and I if we would give them an experience similar to this in our home kitchen.
Last weekend, they came into the kitchen and unpacked their grocery bags to find several ingredients that they had to use in making an appetizer. This weekend, they had the challenge of making an entree with the ingredients they unpacked from their bags.
My husband and I came to the table with sheer anticipation. The girls were excited to serve us their concoctions and were thrilled when we willingly took a bite from each of their plates. They were honored that we came to the table anticipating something special.
This is how the Lord wants us to approach Him. Wondering with anticipation, knowing that we will be given something good. It’s who He is. When we come to Him, we will be satisfied. We will be energized. We will be recharged. We will be encouraged. We will be sustained. We will be uplifted. We will be restored. We will be fed.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:20, NLT)
Mustard Seed Girls: If you’re in the midst of a storm: Come! If you’re in a season of dryness: Come! If you’re in a place of peace: Come! If you’re exhausted: Come! If you’re weary: Come! If you feel hopeless, Come! If you are unsure: Come! Taste and see that the LORD is good amidst your circumstances.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).