Sensory Distortion

I hate being nauseated. I can’t stand it. I hate that queasy, unsettling feeling that lets you know you’re about to evacuate the contents of your stomach. When I get that feeling all I want to do is lie down and not move. So, I have to ask, why did I put myself in a position to experience this horrible feeling two weeks in a row? A couple of weeks ago, I went deep sea fishing with some friends. I have had a previous experience on the ocean and it wasn’t good. I even told myself that I would never go in the ocean again on such a boat. However, my mind was changed by the promised cure of three little Dramamine tablets. I was told that if I took two the night before and one the morning of, I would be fine. Well, I wasn’t fine. I spent half the trip lying down on the couch. I didn’t throw up but I was semi-incapacitated.

Couple this boating experience with what I did a week later. My youngest son and I went to Six Flags on Memorial Day. Because we wanted to maximize our time, we bought a Flash Pass, which allows you to avoid long lines. We rode five roller coasters in an hour- Goliath, Batman, Scorcher, Mindbender and the Daredevil. Needless to say, I started to have some of the same feelings that I had the previous week on the ocean.

What I experienced is what we call motion sickness. This occurs when your brain receives mixed messages from your senses. For example, reading a book in the car can make you car sick because your body feels the car moving and sends messages to your brain that your body is moving. Conversely, your eyes are fixed on a page, so they send messages to your brain that you are stationary. For whatever reason, when the brain receives these mixed messages it activates a nausea response.

In this life, our senses can deceive us. Our perception can be faulty because we do not know everything that is going on. We are limited. Therefore, we need some help. As a Christian, I believe that help comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the steady place where we can fix our eyes and gather our senses. Scripture says that believers are to set their eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). This world is brutal and full of lies (#fakenews). When you leave faith out of life’s equation, it is easy to get distorted. However, Jesus says, “I am the way the truth and the life.” (John 14:6). Isn’t that what we need in the midst of a world that sends us conflicting information that makes us want to throw up? We need someone to guide us and to speak truth. Life is a roller coaster, so you better have a good point of reference. Otherwise, you just might want to throw up.