As I sat at my computer I could see one of my dogs panting at the
sliding glass door; tail wagging, whining, and occasionally throwing
her head back as if to say, “Come on, let’s play!” I began to wonder
what was going through her mind – does she think in a doggie language
“hearing” different yips and whines and barks in her head that, when
put together, mean something? Does she simply do image association
connecting me with ball throwing? Or does she actually experience an
emotional connection with someone the way I do upon seeing family or
friend; so my canine pal actually sees me as the provider of food and
play-time and love?
Since I cannot know what my furry friend sees with the mind’s eye I
filed the question away until today when I read an article about
scientific research on Telepathy. Scientists are attempting to
connect two people ‘brain-to-brain’ via EEG and computer. They claim
to have picked up simple brain function, transported it over the
internet, and caused another person hundreds of miles away to see
light flashes in conjunction with the thoughts of the first person.
Interesting, but devoid of any constructive purpose.
I experience this sort of thing without all the computerization.
Simply by becoming completely distracted by taking a shower I can
cause that long awaited phone call to come in guaranteeing that I miss
it. My wife telepathically knows when to call when my hands are full
or dirty or otherwise occupied. And just when I think I have a few
dollars to myself my kids know to ask for gas money – it’s amazing!
But seriously, I do believe there is a spiritual realm which we may
become sensitive to from time to time by which God reveals to us
things we couldn’t possibly know otherwise. Jesus did it, knowing
many times what the Pharisees and others were thinking and responding
accordingly (examples would be Luke 6:8 and 11:17) I believe God
gives us this ability at times to be sensitive to each other’s needs
and recognize deceiving spirits, with hindsight alone revealing that
something amazing had happened.
We should be cautious as we can so easily be fooled by what we think;
so many outside and internal influences can mislead us. But
communication is an exciting topic and historically dates back to
creation when God indicates His multidimensional character by saying
“Let Us make man in Our image”. And communication between members of
the “God-head” occurs again at Jesus Baptism where the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit share a moment for us to see.
God made everything for His Glory but man alone was made to
communicate with God. Adam walked in the Garden with God and I
imagine it was there that God told Adam all about creation and things
concerning His own nature that were passed down through the
generations until Moses put them into book form.
I like what Jesus said outside the tomb of Lazarus as He prepared to
call Lazarus out; “ “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 I
knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing
around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” The
communication between Jesus and the Father had already taken place; He
just said it out loud for the benefit of those watching.
Our ability to communicate in so many languages and our desire to
connect with each other in words, written or spoken, created the
media/communication boom of the twentieth century which has connected
the whole world through invisible waves of information and yet it
pales in comparison to the fact that we can think a thought and speak
to the Creator of the universe.
One of our three dogs gets excited and lets go with a series of “wroo
wrarrr woooorrr woof” and related sounds and it’s easy to think he’s
verbalizing something when really he’s just communicating his excitement.
But we, who have the ability to communicate our deepest thoughts and
wishes and explain ourselves in such detail still fight and kill each
other because we can’t understand our differences; differences mostly
relating to how we perceive God.
God communicated to us all we need to know in a Book, yet most of us
rarely if ever open that book. God had communication within Himself
before we were created, that is how complete He is; yet He chooses to
communicate with us in prayer and the Word. One day we will all face
Him in person and He will communicate our place in eternity based on
how we communicated with Him.
Open the Book…communicate!