Can you imagine opening a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to find this? Yes, not ONE tissue hugging its border…. but TWELVE! Have you ever seen such a thing? I about died of hunger before I finished unwrapping each one – all in a frenzy to get to “the good part.” I thought, “Pam, surely you can make a spiritual application out of this.” Psalm 34:8 came to mind – “O, taste and see that the Lord is good.”
But sometimes what we’re experiencing in life “ain’t tasting so good.” And why is that? We’ve smothered the good part because we’ve allowed too many tissues to get in the way.
So, I sat down and made a list of those invisible wrappers that dull our taste buds in experiencing firsthand the comfort of God, the love of Jesus, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Twelve paper tissues came to mind.
- Running to Facebook FIRST thing every morning instead of rushing to God’s Word
- Caring more about other people’s opinion instead of God’s approval
- Fueling a busy/chaotic schedule instead of practicing the discipline of silence and solitude
- Having 20/20 vision for worldly things instead of sharpening our awareness of eternal things
- Allowing the bathroom mirror to define our worth instead of seeing ourselves through God’s lens
- Worrying/fretting/calculating instead of accepting, letting go, and praying
- Looking back at the past instead of eye-balling God’s presence in the present
- Nursing fear or regret instead of commanding it to flee in Jesus’ name
- Living by sight instead of by faith, which by the way, is the soul’s taste
- Badgering ourselves because of past mistakes instead of expecting God to make good use of them
- Operating out of our untamed emotions instead of yielding our feelings to the Father
- Living in the trap of mediocrity instead of the spirit expectancy
So, God waits. He’s laid out a banquet for us to enjoy, delectable treats of seeing our woes become witnesses of His grace and our trials becoming cupcakes of His triumph. Friend, let the tasting party begin! If we’re not nibbling on “God’s good part,” then it’s our own fault. Amen?