To be honest, of all the senses that I employ in “hearing” God, taste is the least developed.
I don’t know why. Whenever we do an exercise whereby we try to get a prophetic word for another person by getting a taste, I rarely get a real taste. However, I immediately think of a flavor or taste, like strawberry or cinnamon.
When I don’t physically taste something in my mouth, I go with the flavor that comes to my mind. I know that God is active in the process. So, I go with whatever comes first to my mind knowing that God wants to bless the person that is partnered with me. I know He has a good word for that person.
I wish I could actually taste it in my mouth. I trust that it will happen.
When we don’t achieve the level of proficiency in a certain area, we don’t quit. We keep going. We keep trying. We don’t have to knock our head against a wall in frustration, so to speak, if it does not work. However, we keep working at it, all the while realizing that God still speaks to us in different ways, the ways we are perhaps more comfortable with.
Sometimes we have to step into something. What do I mean by that? When we are not seeing realized what we are hoping for, sometimes we simply have to take a step in that direction. More often than not, God meets us in our willingness to step out. It’s not even a matter of God meeting us in the middle. Sometimes he meets us in our doubt and unbelief. It’s a matter of saying, “God, I really don’t know about this, but I am willing to take you at your word. I am willing to take a step in the direction that I believe you are pointing me. I am willing to trust you even if I don’t understand how this is supposed to work.”
More often than not we find that when we approach new experiences in this way that it may start with just thinking of a taste and then giving a prophetic word off that. The word maybe spot on, but we only “thought” of the taste. Sometime down the road we may find much to our surprise that we actually do have a taste in our mouth and we have no idea where it came from. Most of us want to go straight there and have it happen in this way, but that is not always the case. Be patient.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8)
By Ralph Veenstra