Archive for December, 2007

Mint mingling

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Have you noticed that when you store some mint candies with other candy they begin to absorb some of the mint flavor. Yeah, I know, profound, but there are some days I want the great, untainted taste of chocolate all by itself.

The other day I combined chocolate mint truffles with plain dark chocolate in my candy jar and now there is a hint of diluted mint flavor in the dark chocolate. They are almost ruined…almost I'm sure I can still get them down. It is not so bad if I'm expecting the mint flavor but when it is just a "murky" mix somewhere on the back of the tongue it just isn't good.

That got me to thinking about several scriptures. "Taste and see that the Lord is good…" Psalm 34:8. Also, there are several instances of God's word tasting like honey in the Psalms, Ezekiel and others, mmm. Smell affects the tastes of things, too and sets up an expectation of what is about to take place on the tongue. There are scriptures that highlight this also. Many in the Old Testament talk about aromas of offerings that are pleasing to God. And in 1 Corinthians 2:15 those who are saved are the aroma of Christ to God.

What about when tastes and flavors mingle in a bad way like what happened with the mint/chocolate thing? I thought of Ephesians 5:3 "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed because these things are improper for God's holy people." There is another verse in Revelation about lukewarm water making God want to throw up. Whew. That made me think, am I sharing the "candy jar" of my life with anything that taints me? Pleasing God is one of my goals so, guarding what might taint the taste or smell must become more important to my way of living.

Do you put the mint truffles with the mints or chocolates?