What a Gift!

An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 18:15 (RSV)

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.
 Emerson M. Pugh

It is only fitting that as we near Thanksgiving, we reflect on some of the things for which we are grateful. Truthfully, we all could spend exhaustive hours recalling all the things for which we are grateful. I will not go down my lengthy list, but I will highlight a few things in the next couple of days for which I am grateful.

We have been created with inquisitive and curious minds. We humans have a brain potential that even neurobiologists have, by their own admission, not even really scratched the surface on regarding its abilities and its flexibility. For instance, that phenomenon whereby if we lose a sense, such as sight, other senses increase, is demonstrably true. The “real estate” of the brain becomes flexible when the space for one sense diminishes. Other senses can use up the space now not used by the damaged sense.  This is just one amazing adaptation of the brain which is made to give us maximum production.

I think then too of the problem solving that we do as humans. We have many problems to solve, to be sure, the most urgent it seems is the COVID-19 problem. Yet, as I write this, several vaccines are ready to come on line, perhaps as early as December for certain segments of the population. This has been done with comparative lightning speed given the normal requirements for developing vaccines.

If we put our minds to it, we can solve significant problems in our world. A relatively recent one is the problem of “acid rain”.  We remember that in the 1970’s and 1980’s alarms began to go off in the scientific community about how pollution was causing build-up of Sulfur and Nitrogen compounds in the atmosphere which fell to earth in rain and snow as acids (weak versions of sulfuric and nitric acids). These acids caused harm to the environment, and global action was called for. After research and legislation worked hand-in-hand together to solve the problem, we have dramatically reduced the presence of “acid rain” in the global environment.

I am thankful for such brilliance and determination in how people worked together to solve problems. Amazing things can be accomplished if we decide to work together and use that brain potential that God gives us.

God gives us the brain potential, and He also gives us free will. That will to cooperate for the common good is the one we need work on.

Prayer: Father, you have given us marvelous gifts, and also free will. Help us use both for your glory and our good, Amen.

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