The Difference a Taste Can Make

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! — Psalm 34: 8

 Well, I’ve just lived through Snowzilla 2016 — over two feet of snow with snow drifts up to my eyeballs. And as I lift my cup to my nose, I close my eyes and inhale. I’m treated to the scent of coconut and pineapple. Don’t worry. The ol’ chaplain isn’t hitting the sauce; it’s an off-brand soda. But my, oh my, how it makes me long for summer.

It makes me dream of white sands and warm breezes, palm trees swaying, and the beautiful sound of the ocean’s roar. And I sigh … deeply. Not out of exasperation, but out of anticipation.

I can bundle up and trudge through the snow, because after 45 years, I know a thing or two. Winter always comes; but summer always follows. The cold winds bite, but the sun eventually shines and warms all things.

It’s an object lesson played out year after year after year.

What do you have to look forward to? And I’m not talking about this summer, although it’s always nice to think about. I’m looking further out — down the halls of eternity. What do you have to look forward to? Is it an eternally bleak winter, or is summer coming?

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” Open the Bible. Experience God in the pages of His book. Pray. Open your heart to Him. Taste and see … and your hope and future will open like a flower warmed by the sun after a gentle, nourishing rain.

Pain will come, but healing will follow — delivered by the hand of the Healer. And you will sit … surrounded by bitter cold and snow … letting tropical scents waft into your nostrils. And you will smile … in the midst of it all … because you will know that no matter how bad it may get, it will always — always — be better.