Monday, March 14, 2011

Taste and see

I've discovered recently that my palate has changed. I've always been a middle of the road, not too spicy, not to tangy kind of girl. But now I enjoy the bitterness found in dark chocolate, the zing you find when you add just a little wasabi to soy sauce and the crunch of a fresh jalapeno in a 'made from scratch' salsa.

I'm not sure when the change began. I didn't just wake up one day and decide I liked spicy sushi. I did, however, decide to finally try it. After years of having extremely different palates, my husband and I are finally beginning to close the gap. He has offered me bites of his spicy and flavorful food for years. I would try it, not like it and be unwilling to try it again.

Children respond the same way. If food looks weird or is just generally unfamiliar, they don't normally like it. Experts say you should continue to expose children to different types of food because they may begin to like it. All across the world, parents are dishing out veggies and family recipes of all kinds with the same hope in mind... maybe they'll appreciate it someday.

We are all children in our faith as well. We first get milk from God's word. We learn that He loves us and sent Jesus to pay our ransom. Scripture about God's love is as sweet as cream and goes down just as easily.

As we grow, we start digging into His word a bit more. We find Scripture that encourages us and instructs us to love one another. These lessons are kind of like the veggies. They are necessary to keep you healthy and balanced as a believer.

Then comes the harder stuff. Trials, addiction, loss, sin... the list goes on and on. Now we're in the meat of God's word. Now we have to make an effort to apply His truth and sometimes it's even tough to take. We don't normally take a large chunk of meat and swallow it whole without choking on it. God's word is the same way. We have to process it. Just like chewing, we have to focus on it, consider it and find out how it applies to our situation. Then finally when we've done that, we can take it in and draw strength from it.

So where are you? Are you stuck in the milk or veggie stages of Christianity? Or are you diving in and taking hold of the meat of God's word? God wants us to have all of it. He wants to serve up a big Tbone steak with a side of well seasoned veggies and a big glass of milk! But if we're not willing to take everything He's offering, we're missing out on the fullness of God. He's prepared the feast, are you ready to try something new?

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

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