Have you ever pondered the thought that our 5 main senses have spiritual counterparts? In order to keep the flame of our gifts burning brightly, discernment of these will not only be helpful but essential for our gifts to flourish in the classroom:
Sight – In 2 Kings 6:17-20 Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” Not once, but twice…
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria. As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.
Notice that the Lord answered his prayer and indeed they saw what they hadn’t before. My question to you is this: Are you looking at things from a spiritual perspective? If not, my admonition to you is to open wide your spiritual eyes and see what others may not see!
Hearing – In John 10:27 Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” The word hear can be translated listen. Are you listening to what God is saying? Sometimes I hear my students speaking, but I’m not listening! Just being honest. 🙂 When I listen, however, I want to make sure I’m understanding what they are saying to me. It’s the same way with God, don’t you think? I believe He’s speaking to us all the time, and we hear Him, but are we listening for comprehension (kind of what we expect from our students, right)? When we do, we will follow what He says, and what He says may end up changing a student’s life. You. Never. Know!
Taste – I love, love, love Psalm 34:8! Taste and see that the Lord is good, and blessed are all who trust upon Him. What tastes good to you? I delight in the first bite of a good blueberry cobbler. I delight being filled with a scrumptious blueberry cobbler! My mouth waters just thinking about it! YUM! Similarly, tasting is being filled with the Spirit. My oh my, there simply is nothing to compare it to, right?! (Not even a delicious blueberry cobbler!) When we are filled with His spirit we are in His presence, partaking of His goodness, His holiness, and His love, and therefore we are operating at maximum capacity. Ask the Lord to fill you with His spirit each day before your students walk in your classroom. It is the key to a meaningful day, but most importantly, it is the key to being an effective witness for Christ.
Next week, we will take a look at our senses of smell and touch. Until then, fan the flame and stay devoted my fellow Christian teachers. It makes all the difference! God bless you always.