Taste is one of the five traditional senses. It is an effortless process involving, according to Wikipedia, “the sensation produced when a substances in the mouth reacts chemically with taste receptor cells located on taste buds.” Not a very enticing description, you may agree.
Unless you have the rare condition called “ageusia” which is “an inability to taste, sour, bitter, or salty substances,” all you need to do to taste is to put a substance in your mouth. To savor, however, is a totally different experience.
To savor is to taste and enjoy completely. Other definitions are “to enjoy the taste or smell of (something) for as long as possible, or for a long time; to have experience of; to taste or smell with pleasure (relish); to delight in.”
Psalm 34:8 invites us to “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
I want to challenge us to do more than taste of the Lord, but to savor Him in all His fullness and to savor the life He gives, every moment of it. This process of savoring requires intentionality, however, and time.
To savor requires slowing down. It is impossible to savor in a hurry. How about it? Take time to savor … this moment, the breath in your lungs, a meal, the scent of shampoo, the color of a flower, the smile shifting your cheek bones upward.
Father, Thank You that You want us to know You intimately, and enjoy You and every moment of our lives fully.
This post is number 18 of the series “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.