You've experienced them before, I'm sure. I
looked up the technical cause of this sensation on
medicinenet.com. Here's what I learned:
Goose bumps are a temporary local change in the
skin. The chain of events leading to this skin
change starts with a stimulus such as cold or fear.
That stimulus causes a nerve discharge from an
involuntary portion of the nervous system called the
sympathetic nervous system. The nerve discharge
causes contraction of little muscles called the
arrectores pilorum (the hair erector muscles).
Contraction of these muscles elevates the hair
follicles above the rest of the skin. And it is
these tiny elevations we perceive as goose bumps.
(Yes, I'm intrigued by odd things, which leads to
interesting discoveries, like, for example, did you
know that Graham crackers were invented in 1829 by
Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham, a
self-proclaimed avid vegetarian? Well, anyway,
read on. There is a point to my ramblings.)
So, I've found myself prickled by gooseflesh quite a
lot lately, and started paying closer attention to
the sensation. And I've discovered that this
sensation comes not from being chilled by an
overworked air conditioner chugging to beat the
Texas heat, nor from being unexpectedly startled by
some intrusion into my concentration. No, I
get goose bumps when the wind of the Spirit makes
its presence known to me.
Inevitably, as I'm visiting with another, whether by
phone or in person, and as we share stories about
how God is working in our lives, I find myself
covered with gooseflesh. Just this morning, I
was visiting over coffee with the delightful Sallie
Jo. She shared with me about where she is in
her life, how she feels that God works through her
to minister to and bring peace and calm to those
fearful of medical procedures. (You see,
Sallie Jo is a skilled technician in mammography and
bone density scans, and many of the patients with
whom she interacts are frightened and apprehensive
about the procedures and tests they must undergo.)
As Sallie Jo described to me the joy and purpose she
finds in her profession, I became more acutely aware
of the extensive nature of the Body of Christ and
how each of its members is called to some form of
Christian service. How wonderful it is that
Sallie Jo has discerned and answered her call!
And then, I found myself covered with goose bumps.
And here's the fun part. As I shared a bit of
my spiritual journey with Sallie Jo, she smiled, as
she looked down at her bare arms, adorned by goose
bumps. Who says we cannot see the Holy
Grace and peace
to you as you journey.
Yours in Christ,