I love gingersnaps! …Warm spiciness and depth of flavor mixed with sugary sweetness… oh my!
While I was baking yesterday, I remembered my recent and oft-renewed decision to
try to be a little healthier. So, I substituted whole-wheat flour for half of the flour in my recipe. The result? Heavenly, delicious cookies with an absolutely imperceptible healthy substitution.
Our home is often the meeting place for several neighborhood children. Since we have this wonderful situation, I try to keep snacks or baked goods on hand in case they need a little afternoon treat. Yesterday, it was warm, fresh gingersnaps and I’m happy to report that all of the kids loved them. I didn’t even think about it yesterday, but today I realized that not one of the children (mine included) noticed that they were eating a healthier version of that classic fall cookie.
For some reason, as I was thinking about it this morning, God brought to mind John 1:11:
“He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.” (ESV)
I smiled as I realized that if the kids had known that something healthy was in my cookies they might not have given them a fair chance. They were unsuspecting and had their guard down, which in my case worked. In the case of these cookies, they didn’t see what was good for them, but took it in eagerly — craving more.
But then my smile faded as I realized this was similar, and yet polar opposite , to how the world reacted to Jesus. The people of the world were unsuspecting and unguarded and because of this they didn’t recognize their very own Creator. Truth told by John, heartrendingly, it didn’t work out well for a lot of people. Some people came to follow Jesus and learn of His goodness, but others never gave Him a “fair chance” even after they heard His teaching and saw His miracles. They saw Something Good, but without a personal experience of tasting that Heavenly Manna for themselves, they turned away… completely rejecting their very own Creator and Savior.
After dwelling on this for a while, God then brought to mind:
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psa 34:8a)
Just as the neighborhood children had to taste their fresh gingersnaps first to then determine the cookies’ goodness, so must we get a true taste of Jesus… and when we do, we will taste His goodness, His love, His grace, His forgiveness, His redemption…. and be richly satisfied.
And Jesus is so much more delicious than any little cookie could ever be!
“My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:5, ESV)
May your soul be filled and satisfied deeply with all the richness that Jesus has to offer!