Reflections from Europe: Taste and See
Tuesday May 5, 2020
It was all delicious!
The “paella” in Spain:
The “tarte flambée” in France:
The sausages in Germany:
The paprika chicken in Hungary:
The pork knuckles in the Czech Republic:
The “Brettljause” in Austria:
Everything was appetizing, delectable, savory, tasty!
Every meal was an experience: from choosing the restaurant and the particular dish, to its mouth-watering presentation on the plate, to its wonderful textures and flavours on our tongues… A taste-feast from beginning to end!
I remembered all this the other day when I came to my daily devotional reading in 1 Peter 2:3 which says, “if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” – a verse similar to the words in Psalm 34:8 which read, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
My husband and I tasted many delicious foods on our trip to Europe almost four years ago now. We looked forward to the next restaurant and the next meal we were going to eat, hoping for and anticipating their goodness. Once we had tried something delicious, we wanted to go back for more. We would sit at our table, mull the savory food around in our mouths, our taste buds delighting in every morsel, enjoying the flavours and the textures until either our plates were empty or we were simply too full to finish.
Now, is that not how our experience with God ought to be? “Tasting” His goodness, savoring His kindness, feasting on His kindheartedness. Mulling them around in our hearts, until our spiritual eyes “see” Him in all His grace and graciousness, mercy and forgiveness. Our minds reflecting and meditating on His goodness, until our spirits learn to trust Him and take refuge in Him. Looking forward to and anticipating our next encounter with Him, always going back for more – because we have tasted and seen that God is indeed very, very good!
Then we will be ever so much more blessed and happy than when my husband and I tasted the “paella”, the “tarte flambée”, the sausages, the paprika chicken, the pork knuckles, and the “Brettljause” in Europe. Because those pleasures, as delicious as they were, were only superficially and temporarily filling. But tasting and seeing and trusting in God’s goodness – those pleasures are profoundly and eternally satisfying.
"Satisfy us each morning with Your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives."
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