She surprised me with her offer across the restaurant table. “Would you like to try a pepper from my garden?” A few minutes before we had been talking about growing peppers and the wonderful flavor of fresh vegetables.
She opened her purse and pulled out a ziplock bag. The bag contained 6 or 7 small, dark red peppers. She opened the bag and held it out to me. I thanked her and took a pepper. As I bit into it, she grabbed my hand and said quickly, “Watch out for the seeds!!” I braced myself for what could have been a “challenging” situation. But, it was ok. The pepper was a sharp and sweet and I had accidentally missed the seeds. It was exciting (peppers can be dangerous) and fun.
It reminded me of the visit we made to the “World of Coke” display in Atlanta. We had the three granddaughters with us and we were having a fun day. The display lets you sample more than 100 different Coke beverage products. The girls decided that they were going to taste every one of the flavors. From what seemed to be caffeine and sugar induced behavior by them later in the afternoon, we were pretty sure that they accomplished their goal!
As John and I were tasting flavors no longer offered in the U.S., the girls urged us to try one particular sample. I tried it – it was horrible! I immediately started coughing and looking for the closest water fountain as they girls asked, “Wasn’t that awful?!?!” The next time they suggested a sample, I made sure to watch them drink it first!
I have to admit that I will never forget the Coke tasting experience. What is that phrase? What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger? Actually, it was a great time together and makes a wonderful story.
Have you tried anything new lately? Why not? So many restaurant menus are huge but we keep ordering the same thing. There are lots of folks in our church or place of work or school but we keep talking to the same people. The library is full of books…well, I am sure that you understand my point.
The next time you have the chance, why not try something new or do something different? And, while you are at it, why not invite a friend or family member to go with you? Groups can give us courage and support. And, if it turns out to be horrible, you’ve got a great story to tell!
Try it – you might just like it!!
Jill (just one of God’s kids)
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! (Psalm 103:1-5)