Julia Child would be proud. I don’t just have “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” on my shelf. I’ve actually cooked from it. For my first foray into French cooking, I made Coq Au Vin , which is actually 3 recipes in one – something to keep in mind when timing the preparation.
It took me 6 hours. But the fact that it actually involved igniting something made it so totally worth it.
My next undertaking was Steak au Poivre . A peppercorn-encrusted rib-eye gently bathed in a butter and brandy sauce would give any cardiologist pause, but once in your life you have to at least try it.
They were both amazing, memorable dishes. Dishes I didn’t scarf down like my quick piece of toast in the morning. Dishes I didn’t mindlessly pick at in front of the television. They were dishes worthy of savoring, taking the time to identify the endless list of ingredients that went into them. Dishes worthy of sinking into and lingering over. There might even have been some sighing and rolling of the eyes – just like the TV chefs who try to get you to imagine the taste of the masterpiece they just finished over the last commercial break.
I think God would enjoy them, too. I think He gave us taste buds so that we would understand what it meant to savor His promises. “My soul shall be satisfied with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips” (Psalm 63:5). Now, if that doesn’t sound like something from Julia Child, what does? And I haven’t tried any desserts yet, but as the Psalmist says, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).
I want to remember to savor God’s words. I don’t want to rush through my quiet time like my morning toast. I don’t want to mindlessly pick at scripture, distracted by other things going on around me. I want to put in the effort, take the time, and maybe even have some sighing and rolling of the eyes as I realize just how amazing and rich and wonderful those words are.
Oh yes, I want to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
Thanks for taste buds, Lord.