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Apr 10, 2021 02:15am
Lessons From Covid and Losing the Sense of Taste
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There’s nothing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning. 

The smell, the smooth taste, and the feeling that your brain is slowly waking up all contribute towards the start of a good day. 

Without coffee . . . a day can be miserable. 

It’s harder to think, and for a caffeine-aholic like me, headaches can ensue. If I had to choose a day without food or a day without coffee – I’d choose food. 

When COVID-19 arrived on my doorstep, the most tragic symptom for me was the loss of taste. 

Coffee didn’t taste the same. 

Coffee didn’t even taste delightful. 

For a month, I’d try a cup of coffee every few days hoping for it to taste normal again. 

It was a long month. I substituted coffee for hot peppermint tea, but it wasn’t the same. It wasn’t as effective. 

On the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave a similar metaphor – he compared his followers to salt. 

He said, “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

Back in the day, salt was a valuable commodity. It was worth its weight in gold as sometimes Roman soldiers were paid for their services with it – if they were worth their salt. 

So Christ followers are a valuable commodity. But what happens if we lose our saltiness? 

The same thing that happens to the coffee that is tasteless because of COVID-19:  It’s worthless and ineffective. 

Without being seasoned in salt or exuding the character traits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control, and faithfulness), we are not effective in sharing the gospel. 

Jesus continued, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Every time I read that verse; I think of the song “This Little Light of Mine”: 

“This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel – no!
I’m gonna let it shine.
Don’t let Satan blow it out
I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”

When we have accepted the payment of sin from our Lord Jesus Christ and have committed our lives to Him as King over all – He is the light within us. 

If we hide our light, no one can see it! How will people find the light or be able to see the truth if we don’t shine the light of Jesus in our lives? 

Stumbling around in the dark can be dangerous. You can stub a toe, trip, and fall, or not be able to find their way. With light, one can move around a lot more effectively. 

So just like that cup of delicious coffee, let’s pray that our lives are seasoned with salt and we shine the light of Jesus for all to see. 

In love and truth,
Melody

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