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Thankfulness Project: Taste

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

Earthworms do not have tongues, but their bodies are covered in chemoreceptors which allow them to essentially “taste” with their skin. Roundworms have a photoreceptor protein that is fifty times more effective than the human eye at detecting light. This protein comes from a group of taste receptor proteins found in insects and invertebrates. And while these are a different type of taste proteins in invertebrates like worms than the ones found in mammals and humans, it still enables worms to, in a sense, “taste” light, including that of the sun. They literally taste that light is good. They don’t merely sense light’s presence in a casual way, they do so on a deep level, the light permeating their skin and soaking into their bodies, sending signals to their brains on what to do next. When we dig into God’s Word or get lost in prayer, letting Him convict us, letting go of our pasts, our sins, our habits, the lies we believed, and allowing Him to replace all that with His truth and healing, we soak in light. It should permeate our being, filling us up and redirecting us with purpose, with hope. It fills us with resplendent joy at the Father’s goodness and all that His character encompasses, with amazement that we are so intimately loved by such a majestic God.

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This light glows in us like Moses’s face after being in the presence of God on the mountain, when He received the 10 commandments, God’s Word. God’s presence, His truth, His healing was so bright, so glowing, so beautiful, it drowned out all darkness. It filled Moses with hope, joy, righteous anger at sin, confidence to stand for the truth, the taste of God’s Words in his mouth and on tablets in his hands. He was filled with boldness to be different from the sin-indulgent crowd and to stand for God’s commands. Moses was flooded with the light of God. He had taken time away to be in the presence of God and seen that the Lord is all that is good and that knowledge, that first-hand experience changed him. Moses saw and absorbed God’s presence and light, and it tasted and felt good. I know this because, I am thankful, I too have gone away on the mountain and tasted God’s goodness, been in His presence and received redemption and healing, in His Word and in prayer, even in delight in His creation.

An interesting poem I read spoke about this aspect of worms tasting with their skin, and reminded me of our mortality and eventual place as food for worms: “forgetting, for a moment, my place on the menu.” Worms “taste” light, their food, and eventually, our leftover human bodies which we will all leave behind. What do we choose to taste and absorb, while we still have bodies that can? What will we “taste” like, when our lives are finally spent?

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A close friend of mine had never before experienced a from-scratch handmade buttery biscuit until I made them for her family one night, to eat along with homemade sausage gravy and biscuits. All she had known were canned biscuits. Those are quicker and more convenient to make, and they result in fewer dishes. But once she had tasted something made with more care, time, and a different set of ingredients, she didn’t want any of the former canned ones. This was not because I’m a great baker (although my Mom is deep fried Southern and passed on her love of baking to me), but because the ingredients were better quality (butter biscuits are just a different world of flavor). The odd, tin-tasting preservatives weren’t present, and my mom taught me how to bake biscuits fluffier than a can could contain. Each of the ingredients was individually better, and the biscuits were crafted with patience, love, and attention, from years of experience, so the result was unquestionably better, just as life and any “good” experience is with God.

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I understand the convenience of frozen or boxed or canned goods and pass no judgment on using them (I do too sometimes), but anyone who’s tasted a labor of love knows the difference and would prefer homemade.

A crust gently kneaded from scratch using an old, trustworthy recipe, a filling cooked down slowly from fresh fruit, and a homemade fluffy whipped cream creates a pie that nothing frozen in the grocery store can compare to.

A carefully crafted buttercream frosting atop a fresh layer cake demands to be enjoyed slowly, one forkful at a time. The same way that each bite of a peppercorn cream sauce drizzled over a perfectly cooked steak should be savored. Or a homemade red pasta sauce simmered slowly all day over noodles from scratch.

I’m thankful for the gift of taste, for the flavors of ice cream and coffee, for chocolate and for smoothies, sun-ripened strawberries, cookies still warm from the oven, crispy bacon and fresh orange juice, for tacos and lemonade, chili with cheese and cornbread, roasted asparagus with parmesan, practically all forms of cheese, toast with jam and scones with butter, guava pastries and slow-roasted mojo pork in a caja china, for crispy potatoes and broccoli in herb butter and pancakes so thick the syrup has to be poured on them twice. God made food to delight and remind us of His goodness, to be slowly savored and enjoyed, not merely running from one pleasure to the next. We were made to live present, in the presence of the Savior, savoring and taking joy in each moment of goodness He gives.

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So we should also savor time with the Lord, and doing activities with Him, not just for Him. Even the most simple meal, the most mundane task, done side by side with Him, thanking Him, talking to Him sporadically throughout, is always somehow more. More purpose-filled. More satisfying. More delightful. Nothing else satisfies our endless hunger and cravings quite like He does, because we were made with a desire, a hunger, a craving for Him. No other flavor is so saturated with delight and satisfaction as the wholeness of God and His presence and doing the things that glorify Him, our obedient surrender. We were created to be with Him, daily, in the Word and in prayer, in praise and in delight, in giving thanks, in doing life with Him. We are given moments to “taste” joy, to “taste” light, to taste the goodness of God. When we smile aside to Him, when we thank Him for this moment, and we KNOW He delights in it at the exact moment with us, it amplifies the good. It makes life taste good, better than anything else. This life and all its tastes are a gift from our Good God and we get to taste communion with Him, Jesus, the Bread that gives life.

For further reading: Psalm 119:103, Song of Songs 2:3.

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© 2021 Amanda Lorenzo

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Naude Lorenzo on April 28, 2021:

I always learn something from Amanda's articles, this one thought me a lot, I'm grateful for these articles, they always make my day, thanks Amanda

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