Yesterday I dragged Little A to Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Being placated with a Wendy’s frosty on the way, she was fairly calm by the time we got there so I–I mean we could see the new brain exhibit on display. As is typical for any museum visit accompanied by a child, you are allowed to read approximately three things and then your time is consumed by interactive exhibits that warp your voice, scare the stuffin’ out of you or make you feel stupid because you can’t solve a simple puzzle.
However, I did glean someknowledge. A great deal of attention was focused on neurons, how they form, why they form, how our actions (reading, trying new things, challenging ourselves with complex puzzles or tasks) can cause them to grow. And for some reason, I took a picture of this statement: “Your brain began forming before you were born, building the intricate network of neurons that help you survive in the world. Once developed, the basic structures for sensing, feeling and thinking last for a lifetime–yet your brain continues to change. The neural connections keep making adjustments with every experience and everything that you learn.”* Next to this blurb was a three-phase picture of the neurons inside a child’s brain as it learned to walk, progressing from a few, tiny neurons to a whole intricate network of spindles connected together to form a mass of spaghetti clumps.
So, as we were reading a couple of chapters in the Psalms, this knowledge brought the following verses into a whole new light: Psalm 51: 5-6 “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.”
Since, in the womb, God was teaching us wisdom, wouldn’t that mean that even more so, we would want, like that passage in Philippians commands us to do, to pursue those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy, that we should think about such things?
But, this to me, points to a loving God, who wanted us to know so much about him and cared for us so much, that He began teaching us wisdom even before we were born. If this doesn’t cause you to sit back in awe, then there’s a good chance you are a robot–or a scarecrow.
Any thoughts you’d like to share on how awesome our God is?
*”Brain: The Inside Story.” Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. 15 June 2015.