By G. P. Avants
“Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!”
My Grandma Kay loved her “Goody-goodies.” Her house had sweets stashed everywhere. Needless to say, I think we all inherited her sweet tooth. Sadly, but not surprisingly, we all inherited that gene that is susceptible to diabetes. I wish that I could be carefree as the kids in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Wouldn’t be great? And it was all made with Xylitol so it was the sugar that actually helped strengthened our teeth.
These are fantasies that are soon shaken when our overall health comes into play. The good thing is that the Lord has given us more wonderful things that in the long-run satisfy us deep down inside. He created that spicy kick to enhance dull moments we might experience. Life is a also sprinkled with salty tempers, sour bites of meloncoly , and dry bitter sadnesses which make us appreciate the special sweet things in life.
We can’t live in a honey-coated world. 247. It isn’t lasting and doesn’t have the staying power to get you through the day. All the unique flavors in life round us out as it were. They deepen us into people who just don’t skip along on the surface. As my daughter became a teen (fifteen this month) I have seen her happy happy joy joy moments go through a maturing process. We often ride home from dance and listen to music. I have seen her tastes change in music over the years. She has a wide variety so you never know what we might hear. We both agree that sad thoughtful music does deepen your soul, mind, and heart. It makes everything richer and the sweet happy times are grounded in something under the surface.
Yet, together our tastes desire what our lives needs for whatever tasks are ahead. God gave us a perfect vehicle that is waiting to be fueled for the uncertainties on the road of life. I believe He doesn’t want us to sugar oursleves up with short-term things. The Lord wants us to consider the variety of flavors that your high-precision vehicle will need for that marathon race ahead. So whatever you are tasting at this moment, consider how it is preparing you for the next step in your life.