Staying Flexible

Lately, I’ve been thinking about brain pathways.  This is how I view life, and our brain:

When we are learning, we are growing new brain pathways.  (I actually visualize little choo choos up in my brain creating new pathways.)  Once a brain pathway is created, we can use it, just like any highway in the world, traveling back and forth, making good use of the brain space.

When we have something new to learn, we have to create new brain pathways.  Sometimes this is easy.  We know we are learning a new skill because we have set out to do so.  Perhaps we sat down at the computer with a program we have never seen before… we walked into a martial arts class… etc.

Sometimes new situations look just like old ones, only our usual patterns of behavior, all the information at our disposal isn’t working.  We call this “hitting our head against a brick wall”.  In my journal, I said if feels like there is an obstruction in the brain pathway.  We are sure that someone or something is causing the problem.

It feels like there is just a big rock in the way, and if “x” would just happen, everything would be fine.

Perhaps God is just giving us an opportunity to grow and use more of our brain matter?

This scripture was in my devotions this morning:  “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26)

A stony heart is one that refuses to change.  One that sees obstructions instead of opportunities to find new ways of looking at things.  A heart of flesh is one that is pliable and easy to work with – the little choo choos can plow away in that.

Notice that God is the one that gives us the new heart.  Do you have brain obstructions that need to be converted into opportunities?  I’ll be praying with you.

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4 Responses to “Staying Flexible”

  1. rosemarie Says:

    wonderful to see you moving step by step and how God is expanding the inner vision in preparation for outer action

  2. Rosie Flathers Says:

    Christ is the solid rock He is made of stone because he is already everything, knows everything, is everywhere and all powerful. We, have to be open to receive all that He is step by step, having our foundation on the rock.

  3. Jeanine Says:

    I am reading an award-winning book of the early days in Oregon. It’s “A Sweetness to the Soul” by Jane Kirkpatrick. One of the underlying themes is that in life we need to be like a “coping” saw- being both strong and flexible. With the little I know of sawing, I do understand that the blade must bend and flex, and at the same time be strong.

    Yes, our true strength comes from the Lord. He is our rock; our foundation. Yet, we also must be flexible, and move at His lead. We bend and curve and move with flexibility, as His loving hand guides us!

  4. Jodi Says:

    I am convinced that flexibility of heart and spirit indicates a yieldedness to God and a trust that He really does know what He’s doing. I always tell my children, “Way leads to way…”; you never know where something that looks like a detour may be taking you. Often it’s exactly the path to the adventure and purpose that God has in mind and those too inflexible to go down that unexpected path miss out on something very amazing.

    GREAT thoughts, Kim, and so well-said! I am cheering you on as you traverse this path of flexibility and “softness of heart”!

    Your friend and sister,
    Jodi

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