Growing up I’d seen photographs of Niagara Falls, been taught that over five billion gallons of water plummeted over the edge every hour equaling thirty-five million gallons of water per minute.
However, neither words nor photographs prepared me for the day when I witnessed this natural wonder with my own eyes. Turbulent green water rushed over the edge and crashed into the Niagara River below. The earth trembled and a cool mist sprayed my face. I experienced Niagara Falls.
Recently, I read Job 42:5 where he cried out, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. The Hebrew word used for “seen” in this passage literally means to experience. I thought back to my time at the falls. It is one thing to see pictures, quite another to feel the mist on my face. In the same way, it is good to go to church and hear the pastor, go to meetings and listen to others share about the Lord, but we shouldn’t let that be our only source of knowing God. Spending personal time with Him, reading His Word, talking to Him, and remembering to take time to listen, is how we gain understanding of Who He is and His purpose for our lives. Fill your senses with His Presence. Take a walk and study the great expanse above you, listen to creation’s songs, feel the thunder, smell the earth’s herbal bouquet. Experience God.