I was driving in my wonderful toyota yaris, on my way to work this morning when something on the radio caught my attention. I was listening to 95.3, a pretty good Christian radio station in the Twin Cities (if only they played gospel music) and there was some sort of commerical break where the radio host was making a case for the goodness of the Lord by comparing him to peas. He told this story where this boy (or girl, I forget which) was forced to eat their peas at dinner time one evening or they would not be able to leave the dinner table. At the end of the dinner, to the parents surprise, the peas were all eaten. As they cleared the table, however, they picked up a soda can which seemed to be quite heavy. Looking inside they saw the peas!
The radio host went on to say that as the child refused to even try the peas, we sometimes do that to the Lord. “Taste and see that the Lord is good”, he said. Personally, I thought it was a horrible comparison. I hate peas and! When I was a child I did not like them, as a teenager I did not like them, and as an adult I hate them the more. All of this said, I will never make my children eat them. If the Lord is likened to peas, then I guess I am out of luck and very many, I assume would be out of luck as well! Now, if he likened him to all my favorite vegetables (squash, zucchini, brocolli, carrots, green beans, soy beans, and corn) plus all of my favorite fruit (apples, bananas, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, mango, kiwi, pineapple, etc) plus fish (tilapia, salmon, catfish), chicken, meat (goat, beef) and bread, and some good ol’ carrot cake and sweet potato pie, then we would have something to talk about!
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed are those who take refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing” (Psalm 34.8-9, TNIV). For sure the Lord is good, I am a witness of his goodness! He is faithful, loving, kind and true. I would hate someone to miss that over the radio hosts inaccurate comparison.