Gateways to God

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Psalm 115:1-8, 18

I keep a travel journal of interesting sights along the way. Sometimes we join the camera-carrying hordes. After one trip I decided to enlarge our memories by recording sounds and smells and taste experiences: like cowbells ringing in the dark, the smell of hay being mowed and the taste of fresh baked bread and aged cheese eaten along a roadside.

Closer to home, I remember going to a deserted beach after a weary day. Sitting on the sand, I felt revived and alive to all my senses. I saw the sun shining on the ripples, felt the warm sunshine and the intermittent cooling breeze, heard the rhythmic swish as waves broke near the shore, smelled pungent seaweed and tasted the spray on my lips.

But, we don’t have to go anywhere to recall a whole treasure-trove of sensory delights. Go ahead! Make a list! Have fun! What do you hear, see, or smell right now? Remember a spectacular view, your favorite food, a beautiful fragrance or a lovely sound. What a gift God has given us!

Augustine called the senses “gateways to God,” opening the way to see what God is like. Unlike the sense-less idols in our Scripture passage, our God is alive and sensitive. God wants us to know the wonders of creation and the one in whose image we are made. “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”


Alert our senses to Your greatness, O God. Fill us with joy and gratitude for You and all Your creation. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.