Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sensing God

“Taste and see that the Lord is good….” –Psalm 34:8a

Lexi seems to have a hard time finding her treats when I walk her in the rain. She sniffs circles around a treat before homing in on it. I wondered if the rain dulled her sense of smell, but I learned that wetness enhances a dog’s ability to smell. That’s why dogs lick their noses, to keep them moist. Heavy rain can wash away a scent trail, but in the dampness a dog is better able to detect a scent right under its nose. I realized that on rainy days Lexi must be distracted from finding her treat by the other smells in the wet grass. When we walk in the rain—in hopelessness or grief—we may have a hard time finding God. The psalmist exhorts us to experience God’s goodness, but our senses feel dulled by disappointment, grief, and despair. Yet during the worst conditions God draws closest to us: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4). The rain enhances our ability to sense God’s goodness. We just have to ignore the distractions and home in on him.

Dear God, Help me to sense your goodness even when—especially when—I’m walking in the rain. Amen

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