Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
One of the best things about Thanksgiving are the leftovers. Leftover food, leftover time as the memories linger on, and leftover memories of seeing friends and family again. Today was the day to clean out the bulk of the food leftovers – lunch was a rerun of Thursday’s mail meal: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing… yummmmm…
Oh taste – the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing!
Oh see – the abundance on the table and plates!
Oh realize – that the Lord is GOOD.
It’s easy to associate taste with things we put in our mouth because that’s what we are accustomed to: the yumminess of a good meal, the nastiness of bad/good medicine, the blandness of unseasoned food. But we can also “taste” how good God is by savoring the joy we find in serving Him through everything we do each day. We can taste how good life is as we find contentment in Him and not in the stuff around us, and we can taste how uncertain and sour life can turn when we choose otherwise.
Life offers many choices. We can choose to “taste” what life has to offer – a little of this and a little of that – and, if we continue to taste after things that we know aren’t right, we’ll find our taste buds becoming accustomed to them too. If we choose to go further than the taste and BITE into something that’s really not so good for us…
As Eve, then Adam, did with the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden…
The aftertaste can be bitter as we deal with the consequences that follow. Those consequences – just as in the Garden of Eden – can be devastating. How often do we look back and say: “If only I wouldn’t have…”?
Focus on the good that God brings each day. Find contentment in the little things that God brings our way. Taste – and see – that the Lord truly is VERY good!