Experiencing God with All Our Senses
Posted by Marcy
How long has it been since you stopped to thank God for your five senses? (Or however many you still have, though their strength may be waning?) Hearing, sight, taste, smell and touch were given to us for a reason. Do you realize that God gave us these amazing sensing devices to enable us to connect with Him and the rest of His creation?
Sometimes we get so caught up in work of the day, like writing-projects or preparation for the tax lady (my “work” for today), that we don’t take the time to enjoy the beautiful sights, sounds, and fragrances of things around us in our environment.
I grabbed twenty minutes on our deck today to soak-in the sunshine; closing my eyes to experience my senses more fully. I both heard and felt the wind and was warmed by the sun, despite the 45-degree air temperature registered on the thermometer. I savored the sweet taste of my glass of carrot juice.
Shutting out sight, I listened for other sounds besides the swoshing wind in the budding deciduous trees and the towering pines. I heard the tinkling of the wind chimes hanging beneath our deck, the piercing call of a blue Jay, the delicate music of a songbird, the caw of a crow, the barking of a dog at the local SPCA, the metallic sound of our bird feeder swinging on its post, the swinging wind-directional gizmo affixed to the deck rail, voices of young children, and the sound of light traffic in the distance.
When I opened my eyes, I saw the bright yellow sunlight which added a glow to the rather barren early spring landscape and highlighted the reddish leaf buds on the maple tree. I also spotted our dog, LeeRoy, enjoying a lounge in the sun, which made me smile; he likes the sun as much as I do.
Why do you think God made the symphony of bird songs, the wind to blow, brooks to babble, the colors of a sunset, the sweetness of a ripe strawberry, the softness of a baby’s skin, the fragrance of a rose, if not to be enjoyed? Yet we spend little time in the enjoyment of the created order around us.
If everything around us came from an explosion in the universe, what accounts for the various colors, shapes, fragrances, sounds, tastes and almost innumerable varieties of animals, insects, fish, plants, rocks, and landscapes?
What came first, sounds or ears to hear the sounds? The beautiful array of colors and shapes, or eyes to see them? The sweet, bitter, salty, tangy, and savory flavors, or the taste buds to enjoy them? The myriads of hard, soft, squishy, smooth, rough or prickly things, or the sense of touch to experience each one and to distinguish one from the other?
Our God is a relational Being who designed a world to be enjoyed by His human creations. He wants us to take the time to relate to this world, to each other, and to Him. And He gave us the fine senses to enable us to do so.
Quite a few years ago I watched a movie entitled The Miracle Worker, which starred Patty Duke. It was the story of Helen Keller, born blind and deaf, who was taught to communicate through the sense of touch, even learning to speak aloud. It’s an amazing story of dedication and human courage and the strength of will. But the “miracle” could not have been brought about without the God-given sense of touch. Touch freed this young girl to receive messages from the world around her and to learn to relate to others living in her world.
There is another “sense” that God gives to people who desire to experience Him; this is a spiritual sense. We who were “dead in our trespasses and sins”, as the Apostle Paul states in Eph. 2:1, came alive spiritually when we were Spirit-born. As Paul continues in Eph. 1:4-5
“ . . because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ . . “
This spiritual 6th sense gives us an in-depth relationship with God, and an ever deepening relationship with other people and the created world in which we live.
1 Cor. 2:9-15 “But, as it is written,
‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”
—10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (ESV)
Are you functioning fully in all your “senses”? Are they moving you to a greater awe of God?
Try this week to sense God with all your sensing facilities; draw close to Him as you observe the wonders of His creation which surrounds you. Stop each day to think God, to thank God, and to experience God’s presence.
©2012, Marcy Alves
About MarcyI love my Father-God. Together we are walking through a season of my life where I am standing with him against cancer. He is my strength and trust. As one of his daughters, my passion is to share his love with others in practical, everyday illustrations and insights.
Posted on March 31, 2012, in Christian Growth, Follow Me, God Encounters, My Journey, Reflections and tagged awe, creation, enjoying creation, experiencing God, God, hearing, Miracle Worker, relating to the created world, Relationships, Sense, sight, smell, sounds, spiritual life, spiritual sense, Taste, the five senses, touch, wonder. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.