My tastes are changing. And I blame God for it.
There’s a medical condition called Dysgeusia. It’s where your ability to taste gets distorted. You taste things differently.
And in a sense, that’s what I have.
Technically, my taste buds are the same. But my general tastes have greatly altered since New Year’s Day, when I began my resolution to fear the Lord more.
Have you ever eaten high quality chocolate, you know, the kind that is handmade and carries a hefty price tag, usually imported from somewhere foreign sounding? Well, I have. When I visited Switzerland, I developed a taste for Swiss chocolate, and it’s ruined all the chocolate at home for me.
It’s kind of like that. Once you develop a taste for God, once you begin to understand him more, to honor him more, your tastes for other things diminish.
And this is highly unsettling if a particularly cherished idol is losing the battle.
For example, I’ve shared before how comfort is a huge idol for me. And it still is. But as I read about the God of all comfort, I’m learning that my other sources of comfort can never compare.
So that 5-star-resturant isn’t as thrilling. It doesn’t excite me like it used to.
And that bothers me a bit. Because I expected that a deeper knowledge of God would lead me to appreciate everything else more. But it’s just the opposite. I appreciate everything else less and am blown away by how much greater God is.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to turn down a five-star-restaurant opportunity.
But I know something even better. Let’s call it a ten-star-restaurant. It’s the banquet feast at God’s table (Isaiah 25:6). It’s also the comfort he provides like no other. And well, that’s what is going to get me the most excited.
And Swiss chocolate is still amazing. I still haven’t figured out how God is better than that (there better be lots in heaven). But the year isn’t over.
And that would be a miracle.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8 ESV)