Big Bus Insights-Taste and See

Posted: March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Well, it has been a couple of weeks since the last insight.  This is partly due to a well needed break known as Spring Break and some other circumstances.  Luckily, the Pre-K bus route supplies me with enough material that I can go ahead and tell you about something that happened a few weeks ago.

Again, this was after the short bus had ceased to run properly so we required the big bus to get the students home.  One thing about small children is that they are very curious.  Even though the difference between the two busses is really only size and date manufactured, the students feel the need to explore the big bus.  Some are happy with simply sitting in their seat and looking around, picking up things off the floor that have been there since the dawn of time, or seeing if the holes made in the backs of the seats are big enough to fit an entire hand through.  However, there is one student who takes this exploration and discovery to a new level.  Lewis and Clark would be proud.  This student begins to lick and taste the backs of the seats.  That’s right, in the exploration process everyone knows that we must use all of our senses to experience the new.

That got me thinking.  What if adults did this with new things?  While looking for a new car they stopped the dealer mid-sentence to taste the new leather seats.  Before entering a house for sale, one tasted the door posts.  At a new job, instead of the simple handshake while meeting new co-workers, we took their hand and gave it a good lick.  Of course these things sound absurd, and a little funny. (I dare you…)

But what it really got me thinking about is how much more children enjoy discovery and exploration.  Maybe not enjoy, but certainly practice and seek out discovery more than adults.  Grant it, they have more time on their hands with little to no responsibilities.  However, they seem to be more resilient in their efforts and more ok with failure.

Let’s look at this idea of exploration and discovery from a spiritual stand-point.

When is the last time you explored God?  When is the last time you discovered something new in the Word?

Everyone likes adventure.  Even the hermits of the world like adventure.  Their adventure simply does not include other people.  Why are television shows about Alaska and survival techniques so popular?  Because people like exploring and discovering new things.  It is at times a way to challenge ourselves.

In the book of Psalm David uses the idea of taste in discovery and searching.  Most are familiar with this verse. Psalm 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”

Who is he talking to?  He is talking to anyone that does not truly know or has not truly experienced the goodness of God.  Just as I would hold up my cup of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blue Bell Ice Cream and say to you, “Taste and see that this is awesome!”  I have experienced the goodness of Blue Bell and so should you.  David has experienced the goodness of God and he wants us to do the same.

Exploration is not easy.  Usually is means going where we have not gone before.  Experiencing new, harsh landscapes that will challenge our maturity and will power.  The same is true with God.  When we see to discover Him in a new way, it will be full of hills and valleys.  We will feel on top of the world and then convicted by the Spirit when reading a single verse in Scripture.  Go places in the Bible you have not gone before.  Seek to read Leviticus, Joel, Zephaniah, Haggai and all the other books that we easily skip over.

Put on your hiking boots.  Get your tent ready.  Pack the supplies you may need.  As you read through these books use resources to aid in your understanding.  Bible Gateway is a great resource.  As are Bible dictionaries and commentaries.  Grab a study Bible and get to it!

Explore.  Discover.  Taste and See.

In Christ’s Love,


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