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Taste Test

by Sara McClure on May 31, 2012

My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” ~Forrest Gump

It’s true. You don’t know what you’re gonna get. Each day that unfolds is like biting into a new chocolate truffle and hoping for the caramel filling.

But…what if you don’t get the caramel filling?

What if, when your teeth sink in, you get that pink-filled truffle that makes you gag? Whatcha gonna do?

Do you spit it out and chase it with a sip of water to clean your palate? Or do you force yourself to keep chewing hoping you’ll acquire a taste for it?


When Asher started baby food, he wasn’t a fan. Oh, he’d take a bite or two. But then he clenched his jaw, making it virtually impossible to feed him.

Airplane noises didn’t work.

Peek-a-boo didn’t either.

He looked at me wondering why I was trying so hard…he already had me and my tricks figured out. He wouldn’t open his mouth for anything, no matter how much I knew he would like the pureed carrots.

And I wonder…

Is that the way I am with God sometimes? Do I clench my jaw tight, not willing to receive what He’s trying to give me? Am I hungry, but I can’t see the value in the things on the spoon right in front of my mouth?

Something to think about…


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1 JDaniel4's Mom May 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

I have totally had to deal with this in my life.


2 Sara May 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Glad I’m not alone! I think it is part of being a sinful human. If only we could see the big picture, we might act differently.


3 Mary May 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

WoW…you certainly gave me something to think about! I admit it…I do clench up sometimes, unwilling to accept issues and situations that come along. Thankfully, I have a Savior who holds me tight!!. That is the sweetest picture of Asher…needs to be on a baby food commercial!! My name is Mary and I’m your neighbor at Thought Provoking Thursday..{{hugs}}


4 Sara May 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for stopping by Mary! I think we all clench up at times (part of being a human!) Messy baby food pictures are some of my favorites :)


5 Shonda May 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm

My son was the exact same way and he is still almost impossible to feed at 3 years old! And I totally am the clenching type. I don’t open my mind to what God wants me to do until I soften after much prayer and reflection.


6 Sara May 31, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I think most of us are probably that way during sanctification.


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