This story idea came to me during college while daydreaming in a photography class. I stumbled across this verse that completely altered my perspective on perceiving life’s pictures.

As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. -Matthew 20:29:34 (Italics and Bold mine)

Like many things, I had taken for granted my sight and not seen it as the incredible and beautiful gift that it is! The (formerly) blind men received his sight, praised God and literally changed the way he looked at life. What blinds your life? What sights would you miss if you become blind…right now?

*These men’s lives were proof that believing isn’t always seeing.*

The second time the senses significantly spoke to me from the Bible was this past February. I was at the Pastor’s house one evening as we continued reading our way through the Old Testament, a chapter at a time. One sense that struck me was a warrior named Naaman’s healing from leprosy. Hoping to rid himself of this disease he sought Elisha the prophet for a dramatic and inspirational Oscar-award nominating miracle. “Dip yourself 7 times in the Jordan River,” was all that Elisha offered… (and not even face-to-face but through a messenger!) I’d be upset and doubtful too if my cure was to go swimming a few times in a big creek. Gee, thanks Elisha!?

But God likes to work in the small and the unexpected. God shows us that even with seemingly insignificant people and places, greatness still happens. Reluctantly, Naaman’s body touched the Jordan River 7 times and the impossible… became past tense. It happened. This story reminds us that our senses are essentially miniature miracles. Each soft rain that brushes our skin, each remarkable sunset that leaves one speechless, each fresh fruit that puts our taste buds on a roller coaster of AWESOME…even the very sound of a loved one that instantly delivers a smile. We experience miracles every day. Do you sense them?

I could go on and on in great detail about the different senses in the Bible…but that’d be senseless so I’ll spare you. There are passionate prayers pleading for God to hear and act. There are angel-sightings followed by the calming words, “Do not fear…” The smells of burnt offerings and fragrance on the altars of the Old Testament. The Last Supper, a lasting reminder of Christ in bread and wine, overwhelms the senses to taste and see that the Lord is good then speak this good news into the ears of others. They saw the tomb of Jesus…empty! We, one day, shall hears the angels sing…Hosanna! The morning dew transformed into bread and Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine to keep the wedding going! One woman merely touched the corner of Jesus’ robe and was healed. Moses even saw a burning bush and heard God talk THROUGH it!

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.[…]We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.”
-1  John 1:1, 3

The senses enrich our understanding of the Bible and give emotion and meaning to our very lives as well. I read in a devotional recently that the senses are all relational abilities. For one to hear, someone or something else must speak. Something must give off an aroma for it to be smelled. There must be Life to experience if we expect to sense anything. It is through our senses that we relate to the world, to each other and to God. Take the time to cherish and also utilize your senses to develop the relationships in your life. They are gifts not to be used seldomly.
Corny as it is, maybe it’s true that because we have two ears and but one mouth we ought to use our sense of hearing twice as much as our mouth for talking. …….. so, LISTEN UP!

May you taste and know that the Lord is good.
May you hear your calling to touch others’ lives with the love and peace of God.
May you see the beauty around you and speak with thanksgiving and awe to God, the epitome of Love.

(Since I sense that my story of making sense of the Bible has come to an end, I’ll just stop here…)

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