Being a foodie, Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” came to mind as I strolled down food truck row at a local fair looking for something to eat. The choice was difficult. I checked out the corn dogs, Texas BBQ, street tacos, turkey legs, homemade tamales, and fried corn-on-the-cob. Then I saw it.
It had been years since I’d eaten a candy apple. I tried to take my first bite. My teeth just slid across the candy surface without breaking through the ruby-red. It was time to hold firm, the stick with one hand and the bottom of the apple with the other and go for it! Taking a firm bite out of the center, the candy shell broke, and delicious apple juice ran down both sides of my mouth.
Thoughts drifted to times when tears ran down my face like the juice of the apple. I had experienced another type of hunger, the longing for the peace and love that only comes from God. Flipping through the pages of my Bible, I would search for His truths just like I walked through the fair searching for something desirable to eat. There it would be, words that filled me with joy, in an unexpected passage.
The more we taste His Word, the more we learned of his satisfying truths. Feeding our intimate relationship with God through reading and prayer fills us with hope and joy that only he can give.
I took another bite. Aah, the sweetness mixed with the crunchy cinnamon candy.