THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 - The Wonder of It All
“The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” ~Exodus 14:15-16 (NIV)
When the Lord parted the sea and led Israel through the standing torrent, what did the ground feel like beneath their toes?
Have you ever wondered that?
Was it soft and wet?
Was it unexpectedly dry and firm?
Did the mud squish between their toes and shoes and make that slopping suction sound feet sometimes make when you trample through the mud?
What did the water sound like as it stooped in surrender to its Creator?
Did it roar like thunder?
Was it strangely silent, betrayed only by the droplets that fell to ground from the top?
Did it sound like a faucet that’s been left on while someone’s doing the dishes or brushing their teeth?
Was there a distinctive smell?
Beaches, lakes, rivers, and other ecosystems built around water seem to have a distinctive smell to them – did the water standing on edge release its own scent?
Did the parting of the water produce an aroma, fragrance, odor that was pleasant, pungent, or nothing at all?
Maybe these questions seem silly and unnecessary, but I don’t think they are. We are sensory, experiential creatures. We taste, touch, smell, feel, and hear our way through the world. Think about the connection between your senses and your memory. Memories are often attached to the strangest and most unassuming sensory experiences. A smell, a sound, a taste of texture – any of these things can unexpectedly sweep us away into a moment from our past.
The Wonder of Senses, Experience, and Memory
The other day we were near a vehicle that was giving off a great deal of exhaust. The air was ripe with its distinctive odor.
My daughter, prompted by nothing more than the smell, shared, “This makes me miss Disney.”
Instantly, we knew exactly what she meant.
The combination of those words with that smell immediately transported us to the parking lots of Disney where we could smell the exhaust excreted into the air by the Transportation Trams.
Senses, experience, memory – they’re all connected.
Memories are often triggered by sensory triggers which makes me wonder how the people of Israel’s senses were engaged by the parting seas.
We can’t necessarily know what they heard, what they smelled, or what they felt, but we can try to live more in tune with our own.
Take some time this week and reflect on memory triggers in your house or life, especially things that trigger reminders of God’s faithfulness in your life.
Maybe it’s a smell, maybe it’s book or an item, maybe it’s a pastime or favorite vacation spot. Whatever it is, take some time and reflect on how those things remind you of Gods’ faithfulness in your life, and as you remember that work in your life, spend some time giving God thanks for it as well.