Bitter Herbs...and Bitter BLESSINGS.
Bitter herbs and bitter...blessings? Huh? Hang with me. There’s a point to this.
Bitter herbs are those herbs we take because we know we need them. They’re not pleasant, tasty, soothing, or palatable in any way whatsoever. But they stimulate bile flow, stomach acid, and pancreatic enzyme release. They help our digestion. Aka, they help prepare us for what will help to build us. But we first have to “just suck it up” and take the grossness. The “suffering,” if you will. I had an epiphany this morning as I was taking my bitters. An epiphany that related bitter herbs to bitter circumstances. They have a lot in common.
Sometimes we have to go through bitter times in order to be prepared for the blessings that are coming. In order to be able to HANDLE (aka digest) the building blocks of our life—the blessings. Like our food and nutrition. Bitter herbs stimulate flow of digestive juices...bitter times stimulate flow of tears, emotion, and oftentimes pain. But it’s by that stimulation of each of those things—tears, emotion, and pain—that brings us to the realization that we can’t do it alone. We need a Savior. The bitterness not only prepares us for the blessing, but it draws us into the Ultimate Blessing: Christ.
Whatever bitter circumstances (“bitter herbs”) you’re having to take right now, know that it’s preparing you for blessing...for building...for health: of mind, body, spirit, and soul.
“Now my bitter experience turns into peace. You have saved me and kept me from the rotting pit. You have thrown all my sins behind you.” —Isaiah 38:17 GW