Taste and See

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I’ve got a confession to make. We are returning to the Tetons soon as part of our next road trip. When we visited them a couple of years ago, this is what they looked like most of the time. A system full of moisture decided to pay a visit the same time we did.

Although we got a few chances to see the mountains break through, most of the time they were shrouded in clouds and mist. It was beautiful in its own way, but since that trip, I’ve been longing to return in bright sunny weather to explore places we didn’t get to previously.

Since we set a definite (and unrefundable) time and place, I’ve been checking the weather forecast non stop to plan for the different days there, especially from a photography standpoint. And it has been playing with my heart worse than a bad high school boyfriend, yanking my emotions here one moment and there the next.

If there’s one thing that’s unpredictable in this life, it’s the weather forecast. Not the weather itself; it just shows up and is what it is, guided by the unseen hand of God. No empty promises, no false hope.

I realized how bad my dependency upon the weather forecast got this morning when I checked it once again. What sweet nothings would it whisper to me this morning? Last night it told me to expect 68 and sunny on our trip. Could it possibly get any better than that?

Well this morning, I was harshly informed it would be snowy and rainy with a high of 55. What?!?

I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. Forget the forecast and its indecisive ways. It’s stealing the joy of anticipation away from me. Besides, I was reminded, the Lord is sovereign over all, and He is good, no matter what happens!

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8.

To know God’s goodness, we must trust Him. Trust that He knows better than we do about every little thing and every big thing in our lives.

When things don’t go the way we’d like, we trust that He is good, and that simple trust will bring us blessings that far surpass any hopes and dreams of our own. Trust in God is the secret to joy in life.

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