From Pastor’s Desk
I don’t usually add or subtract anything from Dr. Swindoll’s comments, but allow me to today at the end of his article.
From Insight for Living:
Taste . . . Enjoy It! by Chuck Swindoll – 1 Timothy 4:4-5
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).
This article, looked at in a spiritual perspective, will be of great benefit.
Not being an avid reader, and, further, having a mind that “wanders” as I am reading, I find myself often having to return to a previously read portion of whatever I’m reading to properly assess what I’ve just read.
Where I’m most vulnerable is in reading the Bible. Consequently, I use an audio Bible program along with my reading to “slow” me down, not wanting to miss key points in a passage in which the Holy Spirit may desire to speak to my heart. I have to force myself to slowly and thoughtfully “chew” in order to savor and properly digest what I’m reading. The Psalmist said in Psalm 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
Apply this to Dr. Swindoll’s thoughts in the second paragraph and I think you’ll find it fits rather nicely. Sometimes we just “…chew and swallow yet not take enough time to glean the satisfying benefits of lingering over its delicious taste.”