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Our Wonderful Senses

Hope Ministries - Columnist
Posted 6/11/21

I am very grateful for the five senses God created us with, even when they don't function properly. Right now my ears are clogged with wax and I'm having trouble hearing. But in spite of that, I was …

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Our Wonderful Senses

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I am very grateful for the five senses God created us with, even when they don't function properly. Right now my ears are clogged with wax and I'm having trouble hearing. But in spite of that, I was so thankful to go for a walk this morning and still hear the brook and bird song, even if a bit muted. These are two of my favorite sounds, but the sound I long for the most is to hear God's voice speaking to me - not an audible voice, but a voice within my spirit.

As I thought about our senses today, I also thought about the spiritual application of them. God's voice can lead and direct us, but at times our spiritual ears get clogged up, too, and we don't hear what He's trying to say to us. Then we must make time for a spiritual unclogging through prayer, repentance, reading His word, and listening for His voice until we can hear Him clearly again.

I am most grateful for the gift of sight. I can't imagine being blind and going through life in the dark. I love the beauty of nature that surrounds us, especially in the spring. As I walked past the spot in the brook today that had been ravished in the last couple years by bad wind storms, the uprooted trees and debris still leave an ugly blemish there. But as I shifted my gaze, wildflowers had popped up all over, lining the edges of the brook. Patches of blue Forget-Me-Nots, purple and pink phlox, and yellow Iris were standing in stark beauty, shining through the devastation.

Some of us have also been marred and ravished by the storms of life. The scars of these have left an ugly blemish on our hearts. But God has promised to bring beauty from the ashes that have devastated us. As we shift our gaze to the Lord, He will help us to see the beauty that is now growing from those ashes, beauty that others will see as we lift the veil from our scars.

We also need to ask God to open our spiritual eyes to see others as He sees them - to look beyond their scars to see the beauty that may be hidden by the devastation they have suffered. As He shows us the sorrow they've been through, we will be more willing to allow God to flow His love through us to their hurting hearts.

The sense of touch can be wonderfully pleasurable, as when we wrap up in a luxurious velour blanket on a cold night or feel the warm sun on our faces. It can be comforting as loved ones and friends wrap loving arms around us during our times of sadness and grief. So too, we need to sometimes feel God's loving arms surround us and hold us close as His presence assures us of His love, that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Being able to smell and taste are senses we may have taken for granted, that some who have suffered with Covid are now missing. These senses can also make life more enjoyable when we are privileged to have them work properly.

Psalm 34:8 tells us to, “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in Him!” As we bite into God's word and His promises to us, we will see His goodness, love, mercy and grace flowing to us, bringing hope and joy.

Hope Ministries is a Christian counseling center, and we are here to help. If you would like to speak confidentially with someone, give us a call at 482-5300.

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