Savory Sweets

by APC on October 11, 2017

It’s fall—I absolutely love this time of year. There are festive pumpkin and leaf decorations, beautiful colors in nature, crisp weather, and wonderful sweets. Fall is the time for s’mores, kettle corn, and candy corn. And, I’m obsessed with all three.

I’ve alluded before to the fact that I have a tendency to stockpile items in my home because I never know when I’ll run out. And, due to the seasonal goodies, I try to do the same. But, food goes stale and it just doesn’t taste as good at other times of the year. Something about the fall brings out the flavor—I promise. So, without the option to save these items for a rainy day, I try to “get my fill” of them while I can.

At the start of every fall, I’ve felt so deprived of these items that I never think I’ll tire of them. But, a few s’mores later, sparse half-popped kernels of kettle corn, and a handful of candy corn, I’m done. My sweet tooth gets fulfilled far too fast, and I’m satisfied until the next year.

I’m amazed that even with the anticipation and excitement of the fall, and the opportunity to devour (if I so choose) mounds of these confectionaries, the goodies lose their glamor—a good thing goes bad really quick. The appreciation for the savory snacks subsides because I’ve had way too much.

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God… (Ecclesiastes 7:14, NIV).

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (I Thessalonians 5:18, KJV).

In our walk with God, we don’t like trials. We don’t like lacking. We don’t like waiting. If we had it our way, we’d ask God to inundate us with miracle upon miracle. We’d never face another dark day in our lives, and would want every day to be full of s’mores, kettle corn, and candy corn.

But, what we don’t realize is if every day were full of miracles (the best of the best of God)—dining daily on the “sweets” of life—we’d become bored with God’s blessings really quick. They’d stop being the delicacy that they are, and we’d stop worshipping and giving God glory for them.

Today, we appreciate every miracle God manifests in our life. We live for His presence, blessing, and anointing. We can never allow God’s blessing become “too commonplace” for us. If it did, it would no longer be a miracle in our eyes. And, we would no longer seek after it.

God, in His infinite wisdom, knows this about us. He knows, that like me and my fall treats, would go all in too fast, and then get sick and not want any more. This is why He holds back on us a little bit—He makes us seek after Him. God wants to know how hungry we are for His presence, and wants us to appreciate every bit of Him when we get it.

I’m reminded of a song from my childhood with lyrics that spoke about a fanciful world comprised entirely of lemon drops and gumdrops. If the case, we’d walk around with our mouths open wide. But, if it was filled with spinach and beets—let’s be honest, most of us would starve.

What we perceive to be bad is for our good; it’s just in a different wrapper (Romans 8:28). So, let’s eat up what God has for us, and be extra grateful when it’s really good. Know when the presence of God pours into our lives, we’ll never get sick of His sweetness, and will savor it just a bit longer.