(I realize I’ve been “gone” for awhile. New blog posts are coming! I promise. Just had to work through a few things and writing hasn’t come easily. In the meantime, because it’s Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d slightly edit and re-post something I wrote 6 years ago. As you start your prep work for the most amazing meal of the year, stop…and savor.)
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 – the mushrooms, the onions and the chicken – 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 that would give any cardiologist pause. But once in your life you should 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. Like those chefs on TV.
When God was putting Adam together, He added taste buds. He didn’t have to. We could have just gathered necessary nutrition like animals or plants without regard for whether or not it actually had any taste. We didn’t have to enjoy it. But God wanted us to. There’s something spiritual about tasting.
“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? Marrow and fatness. Have you ever eaten the marrow out of a veal shank? Oh my. I made a chocolate silk pie recently that the recipe called “profoundly rich”. It was. The Psalmist says, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).
God reminds us about our ultimate satisfaction in Him and the sweetness of His Word… through our taste buds.
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, or run through it, like I’m grabbing a donut on the way out the door. 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).
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Isaiah 55:22
In Jerusalem, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. Isaiah 25:6