Friday, July 14, 2017

Taste like Summer

Year 5 - Day 195: Today, I am grateful for things that taste like summer. 

Strawberry lemonade. Peach tea. Sweet corn. Watermelon and fresh tomatoes grown in the garden are the things that taste like summer. 

Randy and I we out and about the other night and I was taken be a familiar scent in the air. I looked at him and said, "It smells like sweet corn." Sure enough, the next day the word was out that sweet corn was ready for picking. 

I don't love the heat, but the crops need it to fully mature and I love things that taste like summer. Some of the heat's discomfort is necessary to fully develop the fullness of flavor... the goodness...  in summer crops. 

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! -Psalm 34:8

In this verse... tasting the goodness of the Lord comes from knowing him... running to him for refuge. God is good and somehow, we understand this better when we seek Him and put our trust in him in times of stress, difficulty and distress. 

His goodness is revealed so often through trials that come with living in a world where sin is honored, proclaimed as good and welcomed. In a culture that pushes the envelope and lives on the edge, He is peace, quiet and stillness. 

My first life verse: "Be still and know I am God." -Psalm 46:10

A refreshing strawberry lemonade while sitting on the front porch as the birds sing and the squirrels play is a snapshot of the best of summer. In the shade of the old elm tree, there is a unique peace that settles in and stays for awhile. 

Perhaps, it is a taste of heaven. 

Today, I am grateful for things that taste like summer.

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