Friday, January 9, 2009

Taste and See

Monet Dining

During our recent cruise, one of the highlights of the day was dining in the elegant Monet Dining Room each evening. It was like going to the kind of upscale restaurant that we never would go to under normal circumstances. There were beautifully set tables, and waiters hovering over you. The meal would begin with the waiter asking you which of the starters you would like. I enjoyed getting to try new things. Sometimes I couldn't make up my mind and I would order two. Every night there were new tastes awaiting to be tried. Whether it was the Asparagus Veloute, the Tropical Fruits, the Bing Cherry Soup, Roasted Eggplant on Puff Pastry, or the Gazpacho Andalouse, I was never disappointed. I enjoyed getting to taste and see what these dishes actually tasted like.

Tomislav and Gina

After the starters, the waiters would clear away the dishes and reset the table for the entree. Tommy and Anna took such good care of us. Tommy's real name is Tomislav, but when he is working he goes by Tommy. He is from Croatia, as he says, from the crazy Balkans. Anna is from the Philippines. She had to leave her son at home with her mother to be able to work on the cruise ship. She gets to go home every 8 months. Tommy offered us many different entree options each night. Once again it was great to be able to taste new things that are never available in my hometown.

Anna and I

When time came for the desserts, there were always many yummy options. One of my favorites was the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. Other great desserts were Black and White Bread Pudding, Peach Grand Mariner Mousse and Baked Alaska.

My Daddy wasn't quite as impressed by the gourmet food. He would much rather eat in the buffet. He seemed to be quite suspicious of the food. Each time he was served he would carefully look his plate over as if trying to determine what it was. His favorite dish was the self serve soft ice cream that was available 24 hours a day.

Daddy Enjoys His Yam Pot Pie

I really enjoyed the food on the cruise ship, but I would never have known if I hadn't tasted it. God offers us the marvelous menu of life, and asks us to taste and see if it is good. In Psalms 34:8 the Bible tells us, "taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him". I really like this verse. God doesn't ask us to blindly follow him, he says taste and see that I am good.

Some people think that Christians blindly follow God, and that faith means believing with no evidence. God provides us with evidence and then asks us to trust him. When Paul and Barnabas were speaking to the people of Lystra they said, "God never left them without evidence of Himself and His goodness". (Acts 14:7)

God has given me lots of evidence that he exists and that he is good. With that evidence it isn't hard for me to have faith in Him even though I can't see him.

In Hebrews 11:1 it says "faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see". God tells us to taste and see that he is good so that we can be sure of what we hope for and certain of what we can't see.

There is a Petra song from the 70's titled Taste and See. I haven't heard it for a long time, but the words go like this.

Taste and see that the Lord is good
He's got milk and honey for you
Come and dine at the Master's table,
He'll serve bread and wine to you

Well you tasted this and you tasted that
But you still ain't satisfied
You'll never find any peace of mind
In those empty things you tried

Don't be afraid of tasting something new
Your soul is hungry, nothing else will do
The bread of life will keep you satisfied
You won't go hungry or ever be denied

Taste and see that the Lord is good
He's got milk and honey for you
Come and dine at the Master's table,
He'll serve bread and wine to you

I challenge you to taste and see that the Lord is good.

P.S. Today is my son Gavin's 23rd birthday. Happy Birthday Gavin!!


  1. O.M.G. your descriptions of the food you had on the cruise made me hungry, but my fridge could not compete in anything you had on your cruise. I guess, I have to make a cruise myself too - one day I will! :)

    Very nice post, Richies!

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  2. I certainly enjoyed the food on our cruise. But I really enjoyed your comments on the Lord's intentions for us.

  3. You seem to be enjoying yourself thoroughly - as you should on a cruise ship. Thank you for the comment and have a nice week-end!

  4. Looks like you had a great time,and the food looks yammy.Thanks for your comment.Hav a nice weekend.

  5. Another lovely post, Richard. I really liked your segue from cruise ship food to the Psalms verse.

  6. Ah, such wonderful food and a very good time, I can see!!!
    Happy birthday to your son!!

  7. I really enjoyed reading about your cruise and looking at y our photos. Sounds and looks like you had a great time, and I'm glad you enjoyed yourself!

  8. Just the title of your post brought that song to mind. Great song!

    I'm glad you had a good time. And that some good memories were made.

  9. I have never got the opportunity to be on a cruise. Your experience sounds very interesting.
    Happy Birthday to your son!

  10. stephen liked all that new food too... not me though. i stuck with the 24 hour pizzaria! thanks for the comment about my grape!

  11. Happy Birthday to Gavin! And also for your Mother's 75th Birthday!!!

  12. Saw the photo of you guys at The Shop the other day - I'll bet it was taken on this night! It looked really good.

    Glad you guys had such a good time!