Engaging the Senses
How often do you stop and engage your God-given senses to purposefully enjoy Him?
In a culture that promotes busyness and a focus on work, it is beneficial to slow down. The sensory exercises in A Guide to Practicing God’s Presence break up monotonous routines and appeal to the heart and mind.
One sensory exercise is to cultivate a seeing eye. Look at how the wonders of the physical world point to the majesty of the Creator. Take a few minutes each day and savor an aspect of nature, even if it is just a small leaf outside your window.
Music is another way to engage your senses. Find the right music to amplify your experience when you read the Word of God or pray. Even adding music to an ordinary chore can transform the experience and remind you to focus on God.
Another exercise is to consider the birds. Listen to their songs, notice the way they fly, examine the colors and textures of their wings. As you look at them, remind yourself of God’s intimate care and provision for His creation. As Matthew 6:26 tells us, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” (NASB).
As you begin exploring these sensory exercises, keep in mind their purpose: to enhance your worship and to help you live for the glory of God in every aspect of life.
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Engaging the Senses
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