Thursday, November 8
Thankful Hearts: The Five Senses
Today, I am thankful for ... the sense of TASTE.
“On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines.” Is 25:6
“God is great; God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By his hands we all are fed, give us Lord our daily bread. Amen.” I’m sure that many of you are just like me and know this little prayer by heart because it is the prayer that you said every, single, night before dinner when growing up. Yes, we are thankful for our food, the fuel that we need for our body. But how thankful are we for food that really TASTES good? Being a bit of a “foodie” I for one can raise my hand that I am thankful for delicious tasting food.
When our Creator made us He gave us each 2,000 to 4,000 little receptors on our tongue so that we can experience and enjoy all of the different flavors of this world…taste buds. Our taste buds, like everything God planned, have a purpose. This purpose has a higher calling that just causing us to ooh and ahh over our mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. They actually helped us evolve as humans. Our ancestors used their sense of taste to determine if foods were safe to eat. Their instincts told them to stay away from bitter or sour tastes as that might be indicative of something poisonous or rotten which would be harmful to their health. And interestingly enough, in my research, I found that the bitter and sour receptors in our mouth are located toward the back of the tongue so that we could spit out these types of bad foods before swallowing them.
We as humans can get excited about some tasty food. This is especially evident as we approach the holidays. I bet you are already looking forward to that scrumptious dish that you only get once a year. Is it turkey and dressing, a special holiday casserole, or is it a favorite candy or dessert? For me, personally, it is all about the holiday sweets. I’m looking most forward to Éclair Pie…YUM! What about you? Is it something sweet, savory, salty, spicy, rich? Please consider sharing in the comments below what your mouthwatering delight is that you look forward to tasting this Thanksgiving or Christmas. And this year, before you take that first bite of that divine delicacy, be thankful not just for the food but also for its wonderful taste.
For further reading: Exodus 16:11-15: Ecclesiastes 9:7; 2 Samuel 9:1-3, 11-13
We come to you today with thanksgiving in our hearts to give you praise. We praise for being who You are and we praise You for all the little details, like microscopic taste buds, you put in to creating us. As we think about and cultivate a heart of gratitude for not just our food, but the wonderful tastes they deliver to us…help us remember that Your word is rich and that You and You alone provide us everything we need to be truly satisfied. We are reminded in Psalm 119:103 that your words are sweet to our taste; sweeter than honey on our lips. Lord, use us daily to be a sample size appetizer that is enticing enough to bring others to Your rich and satisfying banquet. In Jesus’ name. Amen