Sitting in the restaurant, we each ordered our food. Once the food arrived, while we each looked appreciatively at our own plates, her eyes roamed the table until she finally settled on one and said,
“That looks so interesting.”
“What did you order?”
“I would never have ordered that unless I knew what how it tasted first.”
And we all knew what was coming ….
“May I take a taste?”
It was a scene which had been played out numerous times before, maybe even every time we were together. None of us minded but rather, it brought laughter as we all knew, she just could not resist.
As I reminisced about my friend, I remembered a few others who also just needed “a taste”:
- Eve ate the apple. “She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and she ate it.” (Genesis 3:6, NLT)
- Esau asked for a bowl of stew. “Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew! … “Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left.” (Genesis 25: 30, 34, NLT)
- David saw Bathsheba. “Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath.” … “Then David sent messengers to get her…” (2 Samuel 11: 2, 4, NLT)
- Judas eyed the silver. “The Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you? And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.” (Matthew 26: 14-16, NLT)
And lest we think, we don’t go for the taste …
- We take a bite of gossip. “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.” (Proverbs 18:8, NIV)
Therein, lies the problem – the first taste.
May we be mindful of the first taste. What is it we are reaching for? Craving? Consuming? Taking into our inmost parts? May this be the only taste we desire:
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8, NLT)
The first taste.
It makes all the difference.
Taste and See!