“Taste and see that the Lord is good. . .” (Psalm 34:8)
I have always been a tea drinker, but my cup usually consisted of a little tea with a lot of sugar and cream . Because of developing sugar intolerances, I stopped drinking tea for awhile since it seemed too bitter. Recently however, I have discovered many different teas with unique flavors which I am learning to enjoy without the extras.
As I was reading this verse while drinking my tea, I realized some interesting truths. In my healthy years as a Christian, I certainly loved God, but I was quite caught up in the “sugar and cream” of life – all the many things I could do and enjoy on my own without giving much thought or thanks to God. When those things were removed, life seemed very bitter. Yet the more I drink the multitude of available teas plain, the more I am learning to enjoy them and appreciate them alone, savoring their taste and aroma along with the peace and comfort they bring to my day. I am also learning to savor God alone, without all the extras in life that I once had.
There are mornings when I do add a little sugar or cream to my tea, which I can tolerate in small doses. Those cups are so enjoyable! In the same way, God gives me occasional days when I can indulge in something special – an outing, a trip, or an activity that is even more meaningful since it is so rarely experienced. I can appreciate these sweet times even as I accept the fact that they will not be a daily occurrence.
Some teas and some days still seem bitter and I miss my “extras”. I may never lose my taste for sugar and cream completely, but as I continue to develop my new tastes and new attitudes, I am experiencing the sweetness of knowing that God is indeed good and He is enough.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to see all the sweetness and completeness that Your presence brings into my life, and to believe the truth that those who seek You truly lack no good thing. Amen.
About the Author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.