My favorite ice cream flavor is peanut butter. In fact, peanut butter anything is a favorite for me. And while we might consider the peanut butter and jelly sandwich a kid’s meal item….it’s still at the top of my list today.
So recently when I visited an iconic ice cream shop on Chincoteague Island (in VA), of all their interesting, unique and traditional flavors I would have absolutely gone for peanut butter cup the instant my eyes picked it out on the menu. Except for the fact that right before I went…someone who had been there before me said, ‘you have to try the pineapple upside down cake flavor! It’s the best thing on the menu!’
Standing there waiting to take my order the young man behind the counter heard me say “I really want the peanut butter cup….but I heard that the pineapple upside down cake is the best thing on your menu!” My friend who was with me said, ‘why don’t you taste it first and see what you think?’ One taste was enough for me to confirm my decision. “I’ll have the pineapple upside down cake, please!”
Someone planted the idea of it. And someone suggested I try just a taste to see if it was good to me. It was that easy! It is also the simplest way to share our faith. We tell of our experience to someone and ask if they would like to experience the Lord too. Psalm 34:8 (MSG) gives us the step by step. “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.”
Peanut butter…pineapple upside down cake…are flavors that may bring you momentary happiness while you’re tasting them. But that treat is soon forgotten. But, when we taste and see for ourselves that God is good…and we experience His blessings and goodness over and over…we will want more and more. And it won’t be very long before we are telling someone else…”Hey, taste and see…that God is good!”