March 11, 2009
Taste . . . Enjoy It!
by Charles R. Swindoll
Not enough is said about taste. Hunger and thirst may begin in our brains, prompting the digestive salivary enzymes to start flowing . . . but the satisfying part of the digestive process happens in the mouth. We have those tiny taste buds to thank for allowing us the pleasure of enjoying everything we eat and drink. Whether it be a cold, refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot summer day or a juicy, flavorful steak cooked on the backyard grill or a delicious bowl of spicy, homemade chili served with a dash of cheese and chopped onion or perfectly seasoned, fresh vegetables that crunch in our mouths, there are few pleasures more satisfying than slowly enjoying a well-prepared meal.
Don't rush too quickly past the keyword slowly. Food is meant to be savored, chewed slowly and thoughtfully . . . not wolfed down like a big croc ferociously gulping the hind leg of a zebra! When we choke down our food too quickly, we not only fail to chew it long enough, failing to break it down so that it can be properly absorbed into the body, but we also bypass one of the most delightful senses God created us to enjoy: taste. It's amazing how much food we can chew and swallow yet not take enough time to glean the satisfying benefits of lingering over its delicious taste.
In speaking of food, the apostle Paul reminded Timothy: "For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer" (1 Timothy 4:4-5 NIV).
Reprinted by permission. Day by Day, Charles Swindoll, July 2005, Thomas Nelson, inc., Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved. Purchase "Day by Day" here.