Thursday, May 6, 2010

Making Sense – Taste

Taste is the fourth sense I’m looking at this week in my five day exploration of the senses.

Have you ever read any food reviews? They are often filled with flowery descriptions that include the presentation of the dish, the texture, the colour and whether it’s been properly seasoned. Very rarely do they ever describe the actual taste of the dish except to say it was good, bad or otherwise. They describe the whole experience.

This is because no one can accurately describe the taste of something unless the reader has already tasted the dish or something similar. It’s why so many things taste like chicken. It’s the closest comparison people can make that matches their understanding of an unusual dish.

For example, the only way I can describe vegemite to someone who has never met its distinct flavour, is to detail the key ingredients. I can explain to you that it’s salty because there is a large amount of salt in it. Most people know what salt tastes like, so I know you will begin to gain a vague inkling about vegemite. I can add that it can taste rather yeasty as well. You might think that means it tastes like bread, or perhaps beer. Neither is exact. You won’t truly know what it tastes like unless you find a jar of the gnarly stuff and brave a taste test.

Taste to the tongue is like colour to the eye. If you’ve never experienced anything like it, then you won’t be able to fully understand it or even appreciate it regardless of how well someone might be able to describe it. So too is our faith.

We can describe our faith to someone. We can explain what Jesus did for us. We can offer encouragement based on God’s word. We can teach Christian truths. We can tell people that God loves them and we can tell them how much God has changed our lives. We can even show them. But they can’t truly understand what faith is before they take that leap into God’s arms.

Some people call themselves experts on the scriptures. Some dedicate their lives to researching the historical accuracy of biblical events. Some attend church every Sunday. But if they haven’t accepted Christ into their lives, then they are not saved and they have no real understanding of what faith means.

To be saved they must take that step themselves. We can’t do it for them. We can promote God’s Kingdom, we can pray for them, but only God can change their heart and only they can decide to accept what God offers.

8 comments:

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I like the connection implied between taste and faith here.

I agree.
~ Wendy

Barbara said...

May we always have a taste for souls, may we never get tired or weary of telling others about our lord, I do imagine he was pretty tired, and hurt, and in lots of pain that day he hung on the cross for you and I, let us be more like Christ, be more faithful and mindful and have a real taste for what the Father wants, and to please and be obedient to him.
Hugs, Barbara

They call me "Deb" said...

Beautiful analogy!

Psalms 34:8 (NIV)
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

One has to 'taste' for themselves.

Jody Hedlund said...

You're so right about taste. I've never thought of that before, but we can't really describe taste without refering to something else. And if the person hasn't eaten that, then they won't know what we're talking about! And I love how you've related that to faith. We have to experience it to truly understand it!

Lisa said...

My computer has been down for a couple of days and now I feel like I have to catch up....

This post...like so many of your others is wonderful! Thank you for the beautiful analogy.

Lynda Young said...

Barbara, that's an awesome prayer.

Deb, I had that verse lined up for the verse of the day but I forgot to change it. lol. All fixed now :)

Jody, this is particularly on my mind because there are loved ones who haven't yet accpeted Christ into their lives because they don't understand the true meaning of faith.

Lisa & wendy, thank you so much :)

Karen said...

Amen...this is a great analogy!

Just Be Real said...

Lynda, this is great. Thank you.