Biting the Apple

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If I had an apple and took a bite, and then I asked you, “Was it sour or sweet?” could you tell me? What if I made a face? No, not really. You can’t know for sure what it tastes like until you bite it for yourself. It’s the same way with the Lord.

Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good;

You have to taste the Lord for yourself. Explore the ways and will of God. This will demand risks.

Bite an apple and you take a risk. Why? You cannot tell what’s inside until you put it into your mouth. What if it’s rotten? What if there’s a bruise? What if it has a worm? Even worse, what if it has half a worm?

Let’s face it, when you explore you get out of your comfort zone.

Sometimes we go to Ukraine on mission trips. The travel schedule is brutal. You fly ten hours in a sardine can of an airplane. They have these little screen TV’s on the back of the seat in front of you. Headphones. That’s your only source of entertainment. Once I got the middle seat in the row of five. It was insanely cramped. The lady in front of me leaned back before we even got off the tarmac. All the way. I couldn’t even see my screen. As it turned out, that didn’t matter. My screen was broken. I looked all around me. I had the only one that was broken.

Once you land in Ukraine and clear customs, you get on a train to Luganske. It takes about 16 hours. If the train has a window that opens it is really nice. Get a train without a window, and it’s a long stuffy ride. Especially when everyone starts smoking cigarettes. At the camp you sleep on metal cots designed by Stalin. They sleep more like a hammock with one exception; they are damp all the time. It’s like sleeping under a used bath towel.

I have to tell you, it’s a lot more comfortable in my bed back home. Why don’t I stay there? What good does all this hassle do? The answer is: more than I can possibly know. And that makes it all worth it.

Exploring will take you out of your comfort zone. But listen, how much good do you do IN your comfort zone? Is this life simply about staying comfortable? God has so much more for you. O taste and you will see, that its all good.

That’s the good news.

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