How many times have you had someone try to talk you into something that didn’t interest you in the least? Maybe it was some food or activity you’d never taken the opportunity to try. I remember being coaxed into going down a waterslide when my kids were little and then becoming the one who raced them back to the top again. In my younger days whenever I was asked to go to some sort of party where there were lots of people I would dread going. But then, after I got there I had a blast.
Just the other day I got to turn the tables slightly. I had been keeping my two grandsons and decided I would try a new recipe I had seen prepared on the Dr. Oz show. The combination of simple ingredients did seem a little odd, but I liked each of them separately and they all had great nutritional value so, I gave it a try. In the food processor I mixed eight dates (great source of fiber and potassium), half an avocado (good fat), 4 tablespoons of undutched cocoa (anti-oxidants), a little raw honey (added that to the recipe) and let it whirl. I squished it together to form a fudge-like square on a piece of plastic wrap and voila! In just a few minutes I had a treat. As I finished, my mom showed up with my two nieces and my daughter arrived to retrieve the boys. They all became my guinea pigs. Knowing I would never make traditional fudge, they were all very skeptical as to the ingredients, but being good sports they agreed to try it. Well, Dr. Oz, you hit a homerun! They all wanted seconds. If there is one thing I know about kids, when it comes to their treats, they don’t lie.
Later, I thought of that verse in Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” There are so many things the Lord has planned for us, but because of fear, insecurity or selfishness we don’t take the opportunity to even try them. Instead, we stick with what we know – what’s comfortable. Even when it comes to the kinds of food we eat, we are hesitant to change. We want to stick with what we grew up on instead of making healthy changes. When it comes to our thought patterns, we find it difficult to give up negative self-talk for positive thoughts.
I have found that I need to clear a path to make room for improvement. In order for me to taste the goodness of God, I have to remove temptation long enough for Him to strengthen my will to stand against old foes and embrace the blessings that have always been within reach. I used to love sweet tea – the sweeter the better, but now if a waitress brings me a glass of sweet tea by mistake it’s all I can do to keep that first sip in my mouth. What once tasted good has become intolerable. Satan’s lies are sugar-coated. They start out so sweet, but after a while the sweetness dissolves and they become a bitter pill to swallow. His lies deceptively offer pleasure, prestige, success and security, but deliver pain, embarrassment, poverty and grief. Truth from God provides love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.
Developing a taste for the Lord’s goodness is not hard – taste and see!