Taste & See

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
— Psalm 34:8-10

Those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

This is something I have been reminding myself of every day, multiple times a day. It's easy to take things for granted and forget just how blessed we are. Everyone does it. In some way, in some areas of our lives, we take certain things for granted. 

A couple weeks ago, I got that horrible cold everyone came down with. Within days, I couldn't taste anything.

I have never been so congested that I couldn't taste or smell anything; perhaps close, but not entirely wiped out. For the first few days of no taste, I tried eating things that were full of flavor and spice in attempts to get a hint of flavor. I even sauteed a plate of jalepenos and spicy peppers with my dinner one night! Everyone who walked in started coughing and getting runny noses. Me? Nothing. I took a bite of my food. Nothing. 

I lost my appetite since I couldn't taste anything, and for a couple more days only ate because I knew I had to. Normally I eat about 5 times a day and now I was down to 2. 

One day at work, I made myself a coffee out of habit [and need for caffeine]. I sipped it not expecting to taste anything. The faintest hint of flavor made my eyes light up!

I could taste my coffee! It was just a hint but it was enough to lift my spirits. It meant that I was getting better. 

Maybe we go through dry spiritual states so that we remember what it was like when we felt God's presence every day; or when we used to read our bibles hungrily. Sometimes we go through seasons of dryness. After being in that season long enough, our spirits get hungry. 

They say that appetite is the best ingredient for any dish. The same goes for our spiritual health. The hungrier we are for God, the more satisfied we'll be. 

I believe God gives us hints of His goodness, His peace, His love, His wealth, etc., when we're in seasons of drought and grow hungry. It lights up our spirits and signifies that we're getting healthier. He wants to draw us in. He doesn't just want to be read about--He wants us to taste & see that He is good, and in Him we lack no good thing. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
— Psalm 34:18-19

Let that sink in. He is near if we only choose to reach out. He comes to the rescue each time. He gives perfect satisfaction for every need. 

Every need.