On Tuesday, I was making date candy.
To be exact, I was helping my daughter make date candy, but that’s besides the point. On Tuesday, I tasted date candy and it was an amazing experience…the sweet, gooey flavor mixed with a sprinkling of nuts and cinnamon. Wowsers. It changed my life.
Ok, maybe that’s a slight overstatement, but I am hoping that there was some small life change. But before I tell you what I mean, let’s back up.
This year, our family has decided to homeschool. I’m not sure if we will do it long term. There are lots of good educational options, but for this year, we are hoping that it will help us gel as a family with two adults, an 11-year old girl and an 8-month old baby boy. So on Tuesday, my day off, my daughter and I were learning about Ancient Egypt and one of the projects was to make a date candy that the Egyptians might have eaten. She did most of the work chopping the dates and nuts, mixing in the water and spices and rolling them into balls. I crushed the cardamom spices and did an amazing job, if I do say so myself.
While she was doing most of the work, I got to thinking about places in the Bible that talk about dates. I found one in 1 Chronicles 16:1-3. David brings the Ark up to Jerusalem and we read…
They brought the Ark of God and placed it inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And they presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to God. When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord. Then he gave to every man and woman in all Israel a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins.
When the date candy was done, we read these verses and talked about how the Israelites ate dates too. In fact, this date candy might be similar to what David gave to the people on this exciting day when God’s ark was brought back to Jerusalem. And then we bit into the date candy…the sweet, gooey flavor mixed with a sprinkling of nuts and cinnamon. Wowsers. It changed my life.
Or at least it hope it will change my life…and my daughter’s too. What I realized again, is that faith is more “caught than taught”. I can talk about God’s word and faith until I’m blue in the face. We can talk about pursuing God and prayer until we are red in the face, BUT none of that will make any difference in anyone’s life if we don’t also live it. We need to be people who pray. We need to be people who live faith. We need to be people who make faith just as real as eating a sweet, gooey date candy.
Wowsers. It just might change your life.