What have you been eating lately? Several ladies in our Life Group have been trying the Keto diet. It is a low carbohydrate and high fat diet that seems to help rapid weight loss. It seems to be working for a few–but it takes discipline and determination to stick to the plan. They said it gets easier the longer they are on it. I haven’t joined the Keto team–but I admire those who are working it! I wonder if their taste buds are changing and when they go back to a more balanced diet if food will taste differently.
When I was young our mom would randomly decide it was time to feed us liver. I remember walking with her through the meat section of the grocery store and it was like a lightening bolt hit her–she said “LIVER”! I sure she was mulling over what to fix for dinner, but it was funny at the time. However, liver was not something my mom made well. I did not know this at the time because I had only eaten her liver. It was fried till it was dried and tasteless. I did not like “liver night”. But one day I was at another friends home. They fixed liver with onions, bacon and it was like a whole other dish! In fact it was quite enjoyable!
The difference? It was the chef. Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 King David is encouraging his readers to come and sample the goodness of the Lord for themselves. This past week I in talking with a woman, it was evident that whoever had first introduced her to “religion” had not been a very good chef. The taste she had of the Lord was influenced by rules, regulations, ought’s and don’ts. It’s impression was so strong that she is not willing as yet to try again. However, she is watching those who have tasted and I think she is beginning to get a little hungry for what she sees in their lives. Their lives are helping create an appetite for Him–encouraging her to taste and see that the Lord IS truly good.
I learned from the mistakes my mother made in cooking liver. In fact for awhile it became my oldest daughter requested meal for her birthday! James 3:17 states: But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy. As we interact with others, let us remember they are tasting the Lord through us and our examples.
Father, I ask that you help us learn to present you in a realistic manner. Show us how to love others with your love, your goodness and your faithfulness. Teach us how to receive and use your grace, mercy and forgiveness as seasonings first in our own lives, and then in the lives of others. Thank you for your continual working in our lives.