Life doesn’t always dish up the flavours we like!
I received this message very clearly as I tasted my freshly cut cantaloupe this morning. This was the message I had sought. This was the question I had asked God to answer as I went to bed last night!
Until this morning I had never fully understood the deeper significance of my attitude toward food and wastage. Rarely do I ever throw out food even if it’s not what my taste buds crave. Living on the original minimal budget I had
when I first settled in Egypt taught me to appreciate that I had food in my
fridge rather than what I could choose
from my fridge. I learned that having my hunger satisfied was more important t
than how it was satisfied.
I love the flavour of Egyptian green cantaloupes. Their flavour is far removed from
the flavour of the cantaloupes I know so well in Australia. Occasionally though one of them is bland in flavour and this is always disappointing, yet I cut it up and eat it knowing its nutrients are equally as
beneficial to me as those of a tastier cantaloupe. I simply combine it with
some other tasty fruits in a fruit salad and in this way and take full
advantage of its nutritional value in my diet and waste nothing!
I regularly do this with all food types. I combine flavours in an attempt to obtain the optimum flavour from the food that I have gifted before me. This way I gain its full nutritional value without wasting food or spending
extra money unnecessarily.
This morning as I eagerly cut a fresh cantaloupe craving its juicy sweet taste I was sadly disappointed to discover its unappealing blandness! Then as I allowed myself to ponder my taste buds disappointment I received my
Presently in life I am in a situation which to me does not have an appealing flavour. I have been seeking guidance regarding removing myself from this situation. Suddenly as I pondered my tasteless cantaloupe I realised that just
as I would eat the entire cantaloupe so too I must see the situation through to
completion in order to gain its full soul nutritional value in my life. Then,
and only then I realised would it be valuable for me to remove myself from this
unfinished life situation to step into a new life situation. After all, any
avoided personal challenges in life always represent themselves and always in
harsher terms until they are faced and conquered! The cantaloupe also helped
remind me of this universal truth!
Inspiration and life answers usually come where they are least expected but they do always come.
Now I know that I have to mix the tasteless parts of my present situations together with the tastier parts to make it palatable until its completion in my life is reached. This way I will waste neither money nor
nutrition and I most certainly will gain soul nutrition and growth in doing so.
God even delivered me a mantra to support my ‘Cantaloupe Epiphany’ and ‘Now I know that I will know when it’s exactly the right time to go.’
For now though my soul serving fridge still has some food in store
For me to savour and appreciate before I go shopping once more.