By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

What have you developed an acquired taste for?
An acquired taste means that an initial dislike of something grows into a favorable like with "retry" and time.
+Coffee, for example, tastes bitter initially but the caffeine provides a kick which "tastes" very good to the body. Because the experience outlasts the taste, an acquired taste is developed and the bitterness is quickly swallowed up and forgotten.
+Alcohol is another. An initial taste of alcohol is usually deemed unsavory but the warmth and "buzz" it provides encourages a "retry" until soon the taste of alcohol becomes wonderfully appealing.
+Olives, oysters and cheese top the food list.
Generally a poor texture, smell, or taste meets us but then ...
Throw some cheese and olives on a pizza teeming with other ingredients.
Mmmm ... what's not to like about that?
Throw some oysters into a heavy, rich cream sauce and moderate the taste.
Maybe they're not so bad after all.
Hmmm ...
What if we learned to "acquire a taste" for difficult experiences like we do certain foods and beverages?
What if we began to "taste" a negative experience in a productive way and deliberately applied healthy and enriching positives to it?
What if we applied and assigned our "negatives" with character enhancing and enriching positives and did the same for others?
Would we not inevitably grow wiser, stronger, healthier, and more robust?
Would our spirits not produce a most savory and beautiful kind of energy?
Why yes of course ... and absolutely!
God's word is our reinforced truth on the subject and has only to be appropriated and applied:
Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; 2 Corinthians 12:9
Can you taste the empowering and energizing ingredients in these truths?
An "acquired taste" of hardship, difficulty, and pain speaks to a strong and established "taste" of God.
"Taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him."
Psalm 34:8
The taste of "bitterness and initial pain" experienced in hardship and difficulty gives way to a peace, wisdom, and prevailing joy as Christ mixes and mingles our difficulties with His blood. He becomes the aftertaste and links the soul to a foretaste of His sure and certain promises and provisions.
In uniting ourselves to Him, we acquire a taste for trial, affliction, addiction, and every malady, trauma, and drama we experience ... and we learn something positively empowering about redemption and life with Him.
Through all these things we acquire a taste ...
And more of Him.