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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Savory to the Taste (07/26/12)

TITLE: Oh, Taste and See that God is Good
By Casey Overbeek


She was on a mission. I came along as the other half.

She grabbed a basket and within moments inspected her items before putting them in. Fresh cherries, two bananas...

We were in the new grocery store that had opened in town a month ago. Everything was new and shiny. Clean floors, bright green shopping carts and wide aisles immediately promised a pleasant shopping experience.

Before long, she moved on to gather other items throughout the store. I, however was fascinated here in the produce section. I don’t believe I have ever seen so much variety. All the different shapes and different colors was enough to keep my fascination going for a while.

I saw limes and mangoes from Mexico, figs from Turkey, dates from Saudi Arabia, kiwi from down under, ginger root from China, oranges from the United States and amongst a host of other fruits, of course, sweet corn and tomatoes from our own back yard in Southern Ontario.

As I admired all those different fruits and veggies from all over the world, I was reminded of how great and awesome our God is. What a display of creativity! What a wisdom in design! It became a moment of worship and adoration for me and before long I was carried away in joyful meditation.

There is verse in the psalms that speaks about tasting and I thought it fit beautifully in my setting. O taste and see that God is good. (Psa 34:8) How can I see God’s goodness by tasting? I am not sure what David was thinking when he wrote this, for the context has nothing to do with fruit, but when I think of tasting God’s goodness, all I need to do is sink my teeth in a juicy watermelon, or slip a strawberry in my mouth.

When I read in the creation story how God keeps repeating at the end of each day how good everything is, I am in awe. When he was done, he said to the man and his wife, “I give you every seed bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has food in it. They will be yours for food.” (Gen 1:29)

I agree and also call it good, for all the design that went into each fruit; every color and texture on the outside and every flavor on the inside is a reminder that the great Creator thought about us. He had all this waiting for us when He first breathed life in us.

She had her basket full and backtracked to the my place of fascination. “Honey, I am ready.”

“Same here,” I replied. “let’s go home and have a multi-grain tomato sandwich, with lettuce, onions and peppers!”

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C D Swanson 08/03/12
Nice job with this entry. It held my attention and was on topic. I want a sandwich too! Thanks.

God bless~
Anne Warden08/04/12
You have my mouth watering.

I appreciate your gratitude for God's provision. Thank you for the thought-provoking story.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/05/12
I enjoyed this and thought it was a clever take on the topic. I loved the artistic way the produce spoke about how wonderful God is. Often we don't take the time to relish moments like this.

The only red ink I have is don't abbreviate the books of the Bible in case there is someone not familiar with the books and is inspired by your words and wants to read more. If they can't find those references they might get frustrated and give up.

I really thought you captured the topic in a fresh way. The verses you used reinforced your message. This was an enjoyable read.
Mildred Sheldon08/08/12
I loved how you wove your article into such a lovely story. Thank you for sharing and God bless.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/09/12
Congratulations for ranking 6th in your level!