All of the Flavor

I am hungry.

There is no two ways about it. I really would love to snarf down some food. Since I had some teeth extracted on Friday I have been limited in my eating enjoyment. However, there is an upside to this. (There's ALWAYS an upside)

Right now, I have to eat SLOOOOOWWWWWLY, so by the end of the meal my hot stuff is cold, my cold stuff is hot, and I am sweating from the pain, and crying on the inside from the lack of enjoyment of my wife's cooking. Last night we were eating grilled burgers and bow tie pasta salad. (Well, I was. Everyone else had hashbrowns, but that's NOT happening for me.) I ate my burgers bunless and one burger at a time. (Mouth opening is limited) As I finished my snickerdoodle bar in tiny pieces I commented to Amy, "Wow, this is burning my tongue. Is it cinnamon?" She looked at me like I was some kind of idiot (she was right) and then said, "Yes." "I don't think I've ever noticed before. At least not that it had so much bite." I then commented on the bow tie salad (well after everyone else had finished seconds) saying, "There's parmesan cheese in this, isn't there?" "Always is," was her deadpan reply. "I know, but I don't think I've ever tasted it before," said I. And then it hit me. Slowing down to eat my food had actually caused me to savor it more. Each flavor and texture had time to cascade my taste buds. I think this is Amy's dream. "Doug is TRULY stopping to enjoy this meal I SLAVED over."

As David is speaking of his longing for God he writes in Psalm 63:5, "My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods." David writes of "earnestly seeking", "thirsting", and "longing" for God in the first few verses of this Psalm. Verse 5 is where he declares that when God provides satisfaction for his soul, it is like the richest of foods. This is not a man who "snarfs down" God's love. He slowly savors it. He rests in it. He shuts out all else to relish God's love.

Are you willing to SLOOOOOW down? If you truly want to experience God's love to the fullest, you must slow down. Take the time to see Him at work. Note His care-taking in your life. If we continue to run from this to that, we will miss the "flavors" of His love. They are always there, but do we take the time to notice.

What's amazing to me is that like it takes pain in my jaw to get me to slow down in my eating, it is also sometimes in the most painful times of life that we slow down enough to taste and see that the Lord is good. Don't wait for those times. Take time today to slow down and savor.


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