We are committed to ordering our lives. Think about how much energy you spend calendaring, cleaning and coordinating everything only to find yourself doing it all over again. We have become a culture that is so addicted to this behavior that many of us never enjoy the space that this order creates. We order chaos to eliminate or lessen the stress and pain but it opens up a new space pregnant with possibilities.
An article by Medical Press cites this research discovery.
“Dartmouth researchers conclude in a new study, [the brain’s “mental workspace”] lies in a widespread neural network… that consciously manipulates images, symbols, ideas and theories and gives humans the laser-like mental focus needed to solve complex problems and come up with new ideas.
Their findings, titled “Network structure and dynamics of the mental workspace,” appear the week of Sept. 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
Translation, our brains structure or create a “space” to create, think and dream. The structure of the brain is not to keep it clean and tidy for order sake but to create a space to freely use the gift that God gave us.
The word most often used in scripture to talk about this creative space is “meditate.” It means to put forth, mediate, muse, commune, speak, complain, ponder, sing. Sounds messy. Not much order but space to be free and sit in thought. I have made the mistake of thinking that structuring and ordering my spiritual life will produce growth but soon found that it was the space that was created where I could meditate on him.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. Psalm 119:15
We spend so much effort trying to make our spiritual lives a structure of do’s and don’ts only to lose the joy of sitting in the spaces God allows for us to think, create, muse and speak to him.
What is your energy spent on? A constructed concert hall with a microphone and speakers is not the end goal. The space is structured for an artist to think and muse over notes and instruments to create something spectacular. May you spend energy to create the spaces to meditate on him.