Senses of Thankfulness

Author: Kimberly Brokish — Host: Dylan KraayenbrinkPosted on: November 23, 2023

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Senses of Thankfulness


I love seeing the fall colors as the trees turn in autumn, the white snow that falls to the ground in winter, the new sprouts and flowers that come in spring, and how beautiful the lakes look in summer. All the seasons make it easy to see God’s amazingness in creation. But what about our other senses? We can admire His creation through more than just what we see!

I enjoy laying down in my hammock every once in a while, closing my eyes, and just listening to the sounds of nature. The birds chirping, the leaves rustling in the wind, and the mosquitos buzzing—those mosquitos are also the reason I usually end my time in the hammock.

I imagine you use your sense of touch to enjoy God’s creation without realizing it. Do you have a dog or cat you pet? Their fur is God’s creation. We also touch various foods that He is responsible for—like strawberries, carrots, and oranges. Every food has a unique texture and shape that God gave it.

We can use our sense of smell to thank God for the flowers and herbs He created. And taste might be my favorite—God gave us so many foods to taste and enjoy. He could have made food tasteless, but instead He gave everything a unique flavor to enjoy and mix with other flavors to make delicious meals.

God created and gave us so many things to be thankful for. And He gave us all our senses that we can use to enjoy this world even more. Don’t we have an amazing Creator? • Kimberly Brokish

• God delights in what He has made, and He invites us to share in His joy by being mindful of the world around us and thanking Him for what delights us. What can you see…hear…feel…smell…and maybe even taste right now? Consider taking a moment to thank God for making so many good things for us to experience.

• Even though our world has been broken by sin, and sometimes the things we see, smell, taste, touch, and hear cause us pain or sorrow, God has promised to restore His creation. Because Jesus died and rose again, everyone who has put their trust in Jesus gets to look forward to the day He will return and make all things new—free from sin, death, and decay. If you want to know more about this good news, check out our “Know Jesus” page.

For in him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth… Colossians 1:16a (NIV)