I realized an awful truth last night. I no longer can taste the difference in diet drinks. That was hard for me to admit, but it is true. I ordered Diet Lemonade from Chick-Fil-A last night and I could have sworn it was regular. Somewhere over the course of the last few months while drinking mainly Diet Dr. Peppers I have learned to block out that acidic aftertaste that so plagues diet drinks. I have to say that I am appalled. It hurts my soul that I have grown accustom to the accursed things.
Now I know that they are better for me (I was drinking 4 20-ounce Sun-Drops a day), but with that realization a little of me died last night.
So here is my Biblical analogy. How many of us have grown used to small-life living and aren’t even looking for God’s Big Life anymore. We have tasted the small time for so long that we don’t even notice that something is wrong, something is not right. The only time we remember is in those rare times where we taste something real–that sweet, sweet taste of real sugar– that we realize something is wrong. And even then there are many people who don’t even like that taste anymore. We have been told over and over again that living this way is “just as good” or “close to the real thing” and we have stopped longing for the real thing, we have stopped longing for God. Instead we chase after poor substitutes hoping they will fill us, hoping they will satisfy, but they never do satisfy they simply always leave us wanting more. We have grown used to live with only a little small taste of God and have called that living.
As an ex-real cola drinker who can still remember how great sugar is I have to tell you that it is not living. Give up on the substitute life go after God’s real life.