Here we are, just a few weeks into the blogging thing and I’ve already fallen behind. But I have a good excuse for not writing about tasting God or anything else for that matter over the last couple of weeks.
My taste buds have been on strike.
Seriously, they turned against me. You see, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to do this 21-day purification program thing. Nothing but fruits and vegetables, heavy on the vegetables, for the first 10 days. Well, that and handfuls of nasty-tasting supplements. It’s supposed to clean out your system, repair damage to your stomach lining, some such thing. I thought it would be good for me and I daresay it is. . . but it like to have killed me.
First off, they said my favorite vegetables—corn, potatoes, carrot cake, mac & cheese (hey, I live in the South. Look on any restaurant menu—mac & cheese will be under “vegetables”)—were all off limits. Then they said you had to eat twice as many veggies as fruit. Much to my chagrin, I’ve learned that I’m not particularly fond of many vegetables. I’ve tried almost all of ‘em. Some are quite yummy, but a girl can’t live on broccoli and sautéed cabbage. And Brussels sprouts? I’m sorry. They are clearly meant for decorative purposes only.
Then there was that whole “no grain” clause. No bread, no flour, no baked goods. Hellooooo, I’m a baker. Not by profession, but it’s a hobby. And of course, there was no chocolate or Diet Coke on the plan. 21 days can feel like a lifetime. It’s like being sent to rehab or something.
So about the taste buds; the supplement I had to put in my daily fruit “shake” (like anything without ice cream deserves that name) was really quite vile. For the first few days I could only gag it down by throwing the nasty foamy stuff to the back of my tongue, bypassing as many taste buds as possible. Eventually I got used to it. I find that rather disturbing. Who knows what damage has been done to my palate?
One reason taste buds are there is to warn us when something is not good for us. Our spiritual taste buds serve the same purpose. Both can generally be deadened by repeated applications of the offending taste—or action, or thought pattern, or…
Whenwe get to that point we don’t even realize that something is making us sick. I’m pretty sure my supplements are making me healthier. I’m equally sure I have thought processes that are keeping me from optimal spiritual health. I’ve had them a long time; they’re comfortable. I can swallow them without a blink. But what are they doing to me?
How are your spiritual taste buds today?