My dad asked me an interesting question today. My dad, who is way smarter than me, had this to pick my brain, "why does the mango start out as bitter and then afterwards turn so sweet?" (He asked while happily sampling a ripened mango.) Why do fruits in general turn out sour anyway? Well here's the thing. Im not thinking botany and chemistry which explains that when a fruit's seeds aren't ready yet, the fruit is full of acidity, making it sour - which is a natural deterrent for birds and other critters to eat it before it's time. I know that God has some lesson for us among the seeds and the sweetness.
In the Good Book, sweetness is associated with God's Word.
"How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth." - psalm 119:103
In the same way, we who don't "wait upon the Lord," will not taste the sweetness. When we aren't patient in meditating on the Word of God, we don't find the bible's words appealing.
If we wait too long, it can scar us for life!
My dad, in his youth, but into a rotten tomato and now avoids it like a plague. It is too unpleasant to ever try again. When we wait too long to respond to God's Word in our lives, it jolts us and we can hardly take it In anymore. We become like the seed that fell into thorny ground - too busy to attend to our spiritual life and so His Word is distasteful.
God's words are "sharper than a two edged sword". If we are not living in the light, and have been in the darkness too long, we get blinded when someone opens a window. God's Word can cut to the heart. Ouch!
But as we grow closer and closer to God, we learn that His laws aren't meant to strangle us but to bless and protect us. They become a delight to us.
"When wisdom enters your heart and knowledge is sweet into your soul." - proverbs 2:10
I think God also want to teach us about timing. Ecclesiastes impresses upon us that "there is a time for everything under the sun." So, if we are waiting for something, maybe our prayers to be answered, we need to know that God is still making the outcome sweeter as we wait and hope and dream.
"My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste; Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off." - proverbs 24:13-14
Dreamed up by
Christina Alejandro Burke