Would you still love ice cream if it had no taste? If you were handed a bowl of ice cream and told, “This is the best ice cream ever churned… but you’ll have to trust me because while you can eat it, you can’t taste it,” would you still consume it with the same fervor?
I am told that James Taylor (not the one you know of) had an interesting wedding day. On the day he was to marry his wife, he was consumed by a conviction that would not leave him alone. On this day, the words, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” kept running through his mind until he had to confess that he couldn’t agree with these words. He couldn’t agree because he had never placed his faith in Jesus Christ. That morning, before his wedding, James knelt down and gave his life to God. He was married and faithfully served God for the rest of his life.
Many years later, a great, great, great grandson was born to James Taylor… you guessed it, Hudson Taylor.
Imagine Abraham (Genesis 12). He was commanded to leave everything. Did the command come with a detailed report? Did Abraham receive an airline ticket with destination secured and a benefits package to cover moving expenses including housing?
Actually, he was told, “Leave… and discover.” Abraham was commanded to leave everything and discover what God was doing. Here’s the kicker… what God was doing wasn’t going to happen in Abraham’s lifetime.
Abraham was faithful… a friend of God, even though it would be a very long time before the promises given to him came true. Moses would one-day look in amazement at the children of Abraham. Many nations would stare in disbelief at the mighty armies of Israel. But greatest of all, every family of the earth is blessed by the Seed of Abraham… Jesus!
Aren’t we called to the same life of faith? Aren’t we called to live faithfully trusting God is accomplishing everything according to His desires and will? Aren’t we called to leave… and discover?
So go ahead! You can trust me. Well… you can trust God! Pick up the bowl of ice cream and devour it like there’ll never be another bowl! Enjoy it like there’s no tomorrow… even if it has no taste right now.