by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.” (Psalm 34:8, MSG)
When was the last time you experienced something so good that you just stopped in your tracks to savor it? A memory forming so potent that it would be imprinted in your mind forever? What did you do with it? Did you keep it to yourself or share it with anyone and everyone who would listen?
Today, March 1st, is National Dadgum that’s Good Day. Did you even know there was such a thing? I didn’t until I saw it online, and immediately was taken to those handful of moments when I paused to reflect on the times I just stopped and said, “dadgum, that’s good.” The first time eating a Cadbury Cream Egg. My first slice of ice cream cake. My first experience with Disney fireworks holding a tiny Ethan in my arms. A literal mountaintop experience with God at Camp Glisson as a teenager. My baptism. My wedding day. My ordination. The first time holding my children. The first time I worshipped at The Well. There are others for sure, but are they equal? Of course not. Are they all important? Absolutely!
Today’s verse encourages us to taste and see that the Lord is good. God gives you so many different ways to experience Him…opportunities to pause in the midst of life’s chaos to know He is there, He is love, and He will be with you forever. God gave you all five of your senses, and enables you to experience Him through each one. A gentle breeze on a warm day. The smell of gardenia wafting through the breeze. The sight of new color bursting forth on the dry branches of a cherry tree, signaling winter is giving way to new life. The sound of a baby’s first cry. The sweetness of honeysuckle, freshly baked bread, or your favorite treat. All of these can seem ordinary based on your life experiences, but when you see them in light of God’s goodness, they aren’t ordinary at all, but extraordinary. Allow these moments to make you pause, savor, and say, “dadgum that’s good.”
What memories drive your experience of God? When was the last time you said, “dadgum, that’s good”? Did you sense it as a gift from God? It is. Savor it. Share it. Taste and see that the Lord is good, and run to Him for more.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the sweet moments in life that cause me to pause and savor your goodness. Forgive me for the times I see it as ordinary—or don’t share them as the miracles they are—and help me to do so as I continuously turn to you in life. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.