Last week I was listening to another great pod cast with Krista Tippett over at On Being, interviewing Rex Jung, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, he’s a practicing clinical neurophysiologist in Albuquerque.
I especially loved this; “How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettles some old assumptions — and suggests some new connections between creativity and family life, creativity and aging, and creativity and purpose.”
You can listen to the pod cast here, along with additional conversations dealing with what Rex Jung shared in the interview.
Krista said something I had to listen to over and over; “Making meaning out of whatever the raw materials of your life is really the ultimate creative work of the everyday, and of a lifetime.”
That thought trigger this, from Luke 3:4-6 from the Message Bible; “Thunder in the desert!
“Prepare God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! Every ditch will be filled in, every bump smoothed out, the detours straightened out, all the ruts paved over. Everyone will be there to see the parade of (the glory) God’s salvation.”
How many times have you like me experienced the frustration of reeling out your hose ready to water the garden or the trees only to find next to nothing coming out as you are squeezing the trigger , you might think, did I pay me last water bill, yes, is the flow from the city line still okay to my house, yes, is the hose connected properly to the spigot, and is it turn on, yes. Well then what the heck is wrong? You in frustration walk all the way back checking the hose only to find the source of your problem, a kink, so, you un-kink it walk back and try all over again only to discover, no free flow of the needed water!
Walking back once again you examine the hose more carefully this and hopefully the last time, oh, I see what it is, more, several more kinks I didn’t see the first time. In taking the time to remove those additional kinks proved to be all that was needed to see the life giving flow of water released upon the needy garden.
In our first birth, being born alienated from God, there is in my opinion the imprinted birth mark of, “I am not” deeply staining our entire soul; I see that being much like a barren wasteland. The remedy the world has to offer in addressing this malady often referred to as one having very “low self-esteem, self-worth and self-image”, is spelled out in many different ways, but from what I have seen and experienced in my own life, it’s the futile attempt to try and change or alter ones self from the outside in.
What I want to talk about here is in fact that one size does fit all of us, meaning, the perfect and complete unconditional love that God the Father has for each of us is what we intensely crave, but not knowing anything else but a (version of) love based upon our performance, its always about our efforts to try and change the course of our lives.
There are many contributing factors that have put as it were the kinks in our lives, preventing the experiential flow of the Father’s deep and ever lasting love to do what it was meant to do in each of us.
For me scripturally, my name Richard means; God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Fear has been something that has hounded me all of my life even to this day, but, what I am beginning to recognise is that in making choices, one by one where-in the impetus behind those choices is the grace of God, is an effort to simply allow my Father to take the kinks out that are blocking the life giving flow of His great love into the barren wilderness of my soul.
One of the tangible fruits of the kinks coming out is a newly discovered and growing confidence that I was not born with, and please hear me, I’m not talking now of have having a greater self image or any other self improved ability that I somehow mustered up on my own.
For me and likely for most of us, we do not see the dynamics that are released in us in simply making choice after to choice to trust God, as a matter of fact, I see the Father winning us into a ever deepening ability to trust Him.
I want to graft into my thoughts here something my wife shared with me the other day while praying; “I was just praying and thinking of how God has softened both our hearts over the years…and this thought occurred to me: that he was able to do that softening each time we deliberately turned from lashing out in anger or jealousy or judgement in order, instead, to seek HIS way, HIS heart. At the time, perhaps we were thinking we were simply weak; we were just suppressing things, or keeping silent when we should have set somebody straight, or kept our mouths shut when we wanted to lash out in judgement. But over time, each turning was like one more raindrop eroding the surface of our granite-hard hearts.”
All of this and so much more flowed out of listening a couple of times to the afore mentioned pod cast.
What I have been trying to articulate is in my opinion, much to do with what the bible talks about, the transformation (metamorphosis) taking place with the renewing of our mind. Our soul; mind, will and emotions receiving the life and loving flow of God’s heart into ours, in turn causing the desert to blossom like a rose.
I would love hearing any feed back at all on my meandering thoughts,