Ministerial Spouses Association
Fresh Strength Newsletter
From the pen of Donna...
Fearfully and wonderfully made … who me?
When my eyes first gazed on the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, I gasped, “Poetry in marble!” But when I caught the first glimpse of our newborn (prior to the days of parents getting ultra sound pictures), and my hands touched our beautiful, responsive, precious firstborn, Dena, my soul found no adequate words to portray my wonder and praise.
Psalm 139, written many centuries before the discovery of the science of anatomy, has been described by some Bible commentators as one of the most sublime songs of praise for our omniscient, omnipresent Creator. David addresses his Creator with profound gratitude and awe as he meditates on God’s purposeful, intimate, attention in his life prior to conception and onward.
How much more should we! Now imaging technology allows us to view with our eyes what David could only do with his Holy Spirit – inspired imagination. Now we know that we are each made up of many trillions of cells (the estimate stretches from 10 to 100 trillion depending on what source you’re reading), and that our three pound brain has approximately 86 – 100 billion neurons and that each neuron connects to 5,000-10,000 (and possibly many more) other neurons and that tiny dendritic spines, bulging like tiny light-bulbs, are where synapses get input from nearby neurons.
Friend, did you know that the trillions of synapses in your pink-grey, three pound brain - which possess a constituency of soft gelatin or soft tofu - represents millions of miles of wiring between neurons? (Livescience.com/6192-effort-map-human-brain-faces-complex-challenges.html) And that there are approximately a half-billion synapses per cubic millimeter. (What Makes Us Think?, Changeux, J. P. and Ricoeur, P., Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 78) And if 100,000 neurons are wired up to that many other cells, it means that quadrillions of messages are zipping each day through your electro-biological brain grids! It’s no wonder we’re tired at night! But are you fearfully and wonderfully made, my friend?
Neuroscience has discovered that our brains’ very design makes it sociable and that we are, as author Daniel Goleman wrote in his book Emotional Intelligence, inexorably drawn into an intimate brain-to-brain link-up whenever we engage with another person. Friend, did not God give us these amazing brains to connect with Him and with one another? So that, as the apostle Paul says, “you yourselves are God’s temple.” (1 Cor. 3:16, NASB)
God speaks to you and me today “I created You and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” (Isaiah 46:3-5, NLT)
God’s infinite immensity and His careful attention and understanding of every detail of our lives, of our joys, challenges, disappointments, frustrations, failures and successes are understood by Him. In fact
We praise you God, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made – and this our souls know well. Lord of our life, we praise You. Lord of our life, we trust You. Amen.
Friend, view the amazing imaging of the development of a fetus in a TED talk given by Alexander Tsarias Conception to Birth by clicking on to: