Sometimes I see better with my eyes closed.

 

Often times I speak with my mouth shut.

 

It’s possible for me to hear things in a silent room.

 

At times I feel things without touching anything.

 

I can taste the good without my tongue.

 

I can read without there being any words.

 

I go places without moving.

 

Sometimes I see the light in total darkness.

 

What can it all mean?

 

As followers of Jesus, disciples of Christ, spiritual beings, we can experience a lot, learn much and help others without our normal senses.  God graciously gives us supernatural senses.  Part of our life is lived in another dimension.  Thus:

 

Sometimes I see better with my eyes closed.  After my morning Bible reading I close my eyes, and God opens the eyes of my heart to see spiritual truths

 

Often times I speak with my mouth shut.  When my wife or a brother or sister come to me with a problem, with a heartache and pain, many times they just want me to listen to them.  They just want to get some stuff off their chest.  When I just listen, without trying to be a know-it-all, without uttering empty platitudes or trite sayings, I am silently speaking words of compassion, words of patience and words of peace

 

It is possible to hear things in a silent room.  In solitude and silence, I hear that still, small voice of our loving Heavenly Father saying to my soul, “James, I love you and I want you to be happy.”

 

At times I feel things without touching anything.  I feel joy cooperating with God, peace in my heart and contentment in my soul.

 

I can taste the good without my tongue.  I taste and see that the Lord is good, in my family, in nature and in my community of faith.

 

I can read without there being any words.  I read happiness in the laughter of the children, at the home for needy children, where there used to be tears and sadness.

 

I go places without moving.  I am transported to the foot of the cross when I need forgiveness and into the arms of Jesus when celebrating communion.

 

Sometimes I see light in total darkness.  Praying in my dark room I see the light of God’s love, the lit candle of the revelation of Christ, and the lamp of the Spirits presence.

 

There is much more to life than our five senses.  Sometimes its hard to discover, hard to believe, in the midst of our media saturated lives.  T.V., Blu Ray, computer, Kindle, iPad, Smart Phone, i Touch, magazines, newspapers, books – they all overwhelm us, and at the same time can leave us empty, spiritually speaking.  To hear the still, small voice of God speaking into our lives, we have to leave the things that thrill our physical senses, and go to a place of silence and solitude,and focus on God and His Word in order to let God “Wow” our spiritual senses.

 

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We have some idea, perhaps, what prayer is, but what is meditation?  Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God.  Its purpose is to let His  truth make its full and proper impact on ones mind and heart.  Its effect is to ever humble us, as we contemplate God’s greatness and glory.  As we enter more and  more deeply into this experience of being humbled, our knowledge of God increases, and with it our peace, our strength, and our joy.  God help us that we all may in truth “know the Lord”.           J.I. Packer,   Knowing God

 

 

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