Six months ago we brought our daughter Sadie home from China. For almost three years of her life she lived there. When we first got home so much was new to her. Her world was now turned upside down. Sounds of a totally different language bombarded her. Strange faces and people surrounded her. The smells of a new environment, the clothes on her back…literally nothing in her life was the same as it had been just two weeks before.
Her little heart and mind didn’t know it yet, but there was so much good in store for her here in the U.S. and in our home. Among all of the scary and overwhelming “newness”, was a life filled with love, provision, safety, prosperity, and joy.
One of the big differences between here and China is obviously the food. For most of her life she had only eaten rice, breads, and some fruit. Once home, we would put something new in front of her and say, “It’s good; try it.”
Every single time she would protest. Every….Single….Time.
She would push her bowl away, turn her head to the side and sit there. After a few minutes of sitting there, she would take a bite. That’s all it took, one bite, and then she would devour the entire portion.
Until then next time, then she would go through this exact routine again.
During this time God gently reminded me that at times I have been the same way.
Often times, God had laid His plan out before me, but I had turned my head and went my own way. God had given me opportunities to be His hands and feet, but I had pushed the opportunities away. There had been times His voice had called me to something bigger and deeper, but I chose to sit there in protest.
In Psalm 34:4-8 His word says,
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lordheard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.The angel of the Lordencamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Those are some pretty spectacular benefits promised in those verses. I say, “Sign me up!”
It wasn’t until I surrendered my will, and began to live my life for Him solely, that I began to understand just how GOOD He is. When I was totally dependent on God’s provision, that’s when I witnessed His miracles.
You see, we can know a lot about God. We can read about Him. We can talk about Him. We can love Him. But until we have tasted what He wants for us, we cannot fully understand His goodness. Just like Sadie, it wasn’t easy for me to take that first bite. God often leads us beyond what we are capable of in our own flesh. He calls us to try new and brave things. And that is scary! But it is when we give up our control and let God lead that we live a life of fullness.
If you don’t ever taste, you will never know how good something might be.
Don’t sit at the table and turn your nose up at what is before you. Let go of control and trust that God is good.
Just taste, and you will see!
We would like to thank Robin Sanders for writing this post!