Do you associate sounds, sights or scents with feelings or memories? I know I do. Just a hint of ginger stirs up thoughts of Christmas and my mom’s peppernut cookies. Some songs or hymns transport me back to a certain time and place.
Both educators and scientists say we learn through our senses—and we learn more effectively when multiple senses are involved. From the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry, his teaching naturally connects with the sensory. We recognize God’s care and love for us in hearing how Jesus talks with Nicodemus about the sound of the wind, drinks water with a Samaritan woman at a well, shares meals with lonely people such as Zacchaeus and takes little children in his arms to bless them.
We hear, feel, smell, taste and see the goodness of God (Psalm 34), through Jesus, who calls us by name, meets us where we are and speaks directly to our circumstances.
This message is an excerpt from “Taste and See” by Elizabeth Hunter in the April 2019 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the third Sunday of Easter.