Gobblers and cobblers

Published 2:07pm Sunday, November 24, 2013

By Rev. Malcolm Doyle Brown Sr.

The atmosphere pulsates with the aroma of anticipated smoke, fried and baked turkeys. The ­tsunami waves of smell are already bombarding the senses from such dishes as dressing, candied yams, green bean casseroles and mashed potatoes – all topped off with cranberry sauce and gravy.

Do we even  dare mention there will be a table burdened with such things as peach, blackberry and apple cobblers, pumpkin and pecan pies – maybe some strawberry shortcake and possibly banana pudding? Thanksgiving is that time when our taste buds – along with our digestive system – shift into overdrive.

The Psalmist, David, challenges us – ”O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him” (Psalm 34:8 KJV). This is an appeal to our senses, for that is how we experience life.

“Take the taste test” – this is the foundation of our likes and dislikes. Some things are pleasant and exciting while others cause a sour reaction.

The introduction to this Psalm reads, “A  Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.”

David was escaping from Saul, who wanted to destroy him. Like so many of us, David was going through a tough time in his life. But during all of this, he makes the appeal, “O taste and see that the Lord is good …”

David’s appeal is that we would have our senses sharpened toward God.

Out of the Old Testament comes the story of Jonathan and how “he put forth the end of the rod in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened” ( 1 Samuel 14:27 KJV).

Paul lifted a prayer on behalf of the Ephesians and said, “That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened” ( Ephesians 1:18 a KJV).

Here the apostle is urging us to have our “heart eyes enlightened.” A dear friend reminded me that Jesus used the parables to transform our “ears into eyes.” It is all about perception.

During this time of the  year, our sense of smell will be overwhelmed with all the fragrant flavors flowing from the kitchens. Then comes the time when we gaze upon the overloaded table.

This will mean nothing however until we start the consuming process. So it is with our relationship with God. We must “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

 

Malcolm Doyle Brown Sr. is a retired Baptist minister who served several area churches.

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