Thankful for Senses
We were created with senses, those abilities to feel and understand the world around us and how to make our way forward in it.
With our physical senses we bother experience joy and suffer pain, and with our inner senses, as well. Are we thankful for both or do we want everyday to give sunshine and no rain?
Being thankful often means being mindful: thinking about the purpose of that which we see and feel. The purpose of others, and our own existence.
Habakkuk and the Tower
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
He was not the most important of prophets, but he represents looking above painful circumstance to sense a new direction:
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”
Throughout the ministry of Jesus, it was pointed out that some who have perfectly working senses live as though they do not. They have ears, but don’t hear, functioning eyes but don’t see.
We must protect and use our senses.
The Amazing Compensation
There are many who must live with the handicaps of Â lost senses. Sight, hearing, feeling, taste may all be lost. Yet, there is an amazing ability to make up for one or more losses. God made our brains with powers to use remaining senses or even inner ones to manage to overcome damage and loss.
Although science is making great strides, there is still so much that is unknown about the human brain, how it works and its abilities. All your senses function through your brain, following pathways to carry information and to translate it into experience.
Have Fun With It
Let’s have fun with this idea of being thankful for our senses:
Hold hands with each other. Take turns saying what you feel about the people you are holding hands with.
Pass around a treat to eat. Describe it as best you can.
Listen to a carol, how does it make you feel, do have memories with it?
When a candle is lit, do you only see the light of it? Or do you feel warmth? Can you smell it burning? How do you feel when the candles are lit?
Joy to the World
Dear Heavenly Father,
With our spiritual sense we discern a new direction is ahead as we put our trust in you today.
You are our protection, our path, and you lead us in ways that hold peace and abundant joy. Thank you for the loving way you lead and guide us, and for giving us sight, hearing, touch, and taste.
We listen for your guidance today.
In Jesus name, amen.