“‘Taste and see that the Lord is good,’ Psalm 34: 8,”
Let me tell you about a little girl who grew up in China where her parents were missionaries. She became very sick. She had lost a lot of weight because she had a disease called tuberculosis, which made her cough a lot. Her clothes hung on her, and her mother had to constantly take in the seams so they would fit. She had no appetite, and couldn’t eat much at all. Her mother tried everything to encourage her to eat, but she just kept becoming thinner and thinner. One day, her mother brought her an avocado. She just held the fruit that had the shiny green skin in front of her daughter for her to look at. Taking a sharp knife, she peeled the skin off of half the avocado.
“Look what a beautiful piece of fruit I have in front of me,” she said to her daughter. In a quick, smooth motion of her hand, she sliced a thin piece of the creamy fruit. “Hmmm, this is delicious,” she said, and popped it into her mouth.
Her daughter watched her chew and swallow it.
‘Would you like to try a little piece?’ her mother asked. The little girl nodded. Her mother sliced off a tiny section and popped it into the little girl’s mouth. It was smooth and delicious and easy to swallow. Each day, the mother gave her daughter a little more avocado until one day she could eat almost a whole one by herself. The mother knew that the avocado would bring back her daughter’s appetite and help her grow into a healthy girl. Learning to love God is a lot like eating a new food, like an avocado. We need to taste and see God’s goodness.