God created us with amazing senses—sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Each of our senses work separately, yet they also work together. For example, a blind person typically has a greater sense of hearing and touch to compensate for the loss of their sight. But even though their other senses are heightened, it will never totally replace their loss of sight.
Our senses can often cause us to experience flashbacks of great memories. While driving last week, I could smell smoke in the air. It wasn’t the smell of trash or leaves burning, but the smell of wood. I looked around and saw smoke billowing from the chimney as I passed a house. I instantly had a flashback to my childhood.
The smell in the air was the exact aroma of the wood furnace which heated our home. I took in a deep breath as wonderful memories flooded my mind. I had a vision of my sister and I standing on a warm register vent after being outside in the cold. We were possibly even helping Dad cut the wood which kept us warm. I remembered family nights filled with playing cards, games, and puzzles in the warm cozy living room. I had a moment of nostalgia as one memory after another flooded my soul. All a result of smelling the smoky air.
The coronavirus has changed our lives. Rather than worrying about of the situation, create some great memories with your family. Like the smell of wood burning, one day your senses will remind you of the wonderful days spent together at home. Instead of watching the news 24/7 and stressing about social distancing, spend your energy creating great remembrances.
One day you will recall the laughter you shared, but not the news cast. Possibly the wonderful smell of a home cooked meal will bring you back to the day you prepared a meal as a family project. You will have flashbacks of the hugs of loved ones, but not the daily statistics on the news. The sounds of your children playing, laughing, fighting, and sharing will one day seem so distant as they grow all too quickly.
For those of you who live alone, special projects will one day resonate in your heart long after the fear is gone. Create your own memories by reading, calling loved ones, or cooking yourself a special meal.
Every memory is a blessing, and every blessing is a God moment in your life.
There are childhood memories, memories of a national pandemic, and there are also God memories. The Israelites had wandered in the dessert searching for the Promised Land. When God gave them the Ten Commandments, they heard His voice at the foot of the mountain. Moses urged the Israelites to never forget the wonderful God moments they experienced throughout their journey.
“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. Never forget the day when you stood before the Lord your God at Mount Sinai, where he told me, ‘Summon the people before me, and I will personally instruct them. Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.’” (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)
Like the Israelites, you are creating God moments to share. One of the greatest impacts you can have on the unsaved or the next generation is to share your God moments. We can walk the walk of a Christian, but until we learn to talk the talk, how will others ever understand our blind faith in Jesus!
Take a few moments to contemplate these questions. How are you persevering on these difficult days? How has your faith impacted your ability to cope? What prayers have you said on behalf of your loved ones?
We all have a faith journey which needs to become part of our testimony. I challenge you to share your testimony on my blog today. It doesn’t matter how simple or complex your message is. What is important is to share your message of encouragement with others. Never allow your God moments to stay hidden in your heart. They are memories which are meant to be shared with the world!