Try It, You’ll Like It

by Steven J. Callis
Though I have come quite a long way, I still consider myself a picky eater.  I can be a big boy and include things like broccoli, green beans, squash, zucchini, and cauliflower in a meal, though I’d prefer meat and taters any day of the week.
I have heard it said that collards and greens have an “acquired” taste.  I am not certain how much tasting must be done before it is acquired, but apparently one bite once every year or so is not often enough.  Maybe if they smelled like chocolate or vanilla rather than, well, whatever it is that they smell like…and maybe if they were red or yellow rather than green…and crunchy rather than leafy…
I just think, if I have to work at liking it, why bother, when it is so much simpler to just eat stuff that already tastes good?  Surely whatever “good” there is in those leafy things could be found in a vitamin or something!  I have never heard anyone say that chocolate is an acquired taste!
The Psalmist declared, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  He says nothing about an acquired taste.  You will be happy and satisfied when you test/taste Him.  Checking various versions of Scripture, that statement does not change. However, the next part of the verse includes differing verbs among the several translations.  They include…
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.
Blessed is the man that trusts in Him.
Blessed is the man who hopes in Him.
Blessed is the man that takes shelter in Him.

The manner of “tasting” has to do with trust and hope and refuge, and those who do so will be blessed.  No acquiring necessary!

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