You are silent to our ears,
but I “hear” your praise in the birds’ songs
in the song of praise of your people
in the voice of a friend.
You are invisible to my eyes,
but I “see’ you in the beauty of a flower, the sky.
Your touch cannot be felt
but in the hug of a friend,
in your healing of my pains.
I can’t smell your fragrance,
but get whiffs of the perfume of a gardenia
and I long to be a conduit of Christ’s fragrance
as I see Your love spread through Your honorable servants.
Your goodness is not perceived by my taste buds,
but I “taste and see” that You are good!
I get a foretaste of glory now and then—
in all the things listed above,
in a divine stirring of my heart
in the daily gifts from Your hand.
I’m still reveling in the joy and beauty of the other evening with our son and his young family. A neighbor had brought over a new picnic table for the deck, so we all went out and sat around —six children and seven adults, including the “other” grandparents, our very sick granddaughter and her nurse.
We basked in the perfect temperature and prolonged light as the sun prepared to set behind the trees. The birdsongs were extraordinary. Before us lay the yard with its lush lawn and colorful garden. The kids entertained us with creative tricks on the swing set. We savored yummy mini cheesecakes that another neighbor had brought. We enjoyed one another’s company as we chatted and then gathered the kids back on the deck for “Bible time” from a book for children about heaven, which is much on our minds these days. But this evening was a foretaste of heaven, and I will always cherish its memory.
Thank you, Father, for these feasts for the senses, mind, soul, and spirit. You are so good!
Why do you suppose stores have signs warning people not to touch the fragile merchandise? When we see an attractive trinket or cute animal, don’t we want to touch and hold it? When we hear beautiful music, don’t we feel compelled to dance or sing along with it? When we smell an exquisite fragrance, don’t we close our eyes and inhale deeply? When we see or smell a tasty dish, don’t our mouths water? When we see a sweet baby, don’t we have an impulse to squeeze its cheeks? When we see a fuzzy blanket, don’t we long to cuddle in it? And when we see a beautiful sunset, do we ever find ourselves beside ourselves for lack of a way to internalize its beauty?
We hear phrases like, “so cute I can’t stand it!” or “so beautiful I want to cry.” (Not to mention the irresistible urge some people reportedly get to squeeze the toilet paper.)
God’s good gifts appeal to our senses, and He gave us those senses with which to enjoy His gifts. Then just think what heaven must be like–infinitely more stupendous wonders to overwhelm us forever, and heightened senses with which to enjoy them.
Thank you, God.
God…richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17