Where Do Our Thoughts Go?
The past week of travel to a world where the internet is not readily accessible unless you are a resident and pay for the privilege, left me thinking about how my mind works…
Seeing that there was more time for non-technical distractions!
I even found out that too many “games” on my non-connected iPhone required an Internet connection in order to work – there was no offline experience.
I grasped at a new world, which is really an old world less visited. There still exists places that almost look like the world of several decades ago!
My mind was made to function not only as a thinking instrument, but also a recording device. I had a pen to write, but no paper to record.
Less I make this a more laborious thought than necessary, what I realized is that my mind is full of thoughts. Ofttimes fleeting, sometimes lingering, and way too many times thinking, “This would make a good blog thought!”
My blog has become my platform for my thinking mind. Thoughts early in the morning are often the focus of the days writing exercise. The concept of taking the thought and making it part of my morning devotion has opened up ideas that are worth recording and sharing. There are many other thoughts recorded against a future thinking and writing time.
The future thoughts are recorded into various media (Notepad, Word, Evernote, Calendar, etc.), collected, collated and eventually referenced for another blog post.
In my older days of no computing device, my bible would become the log of scripture thoughts as I read or heard from others, but not nearly as intensive as the pictured bible above.
This morning, fresh from a days recovery from travel to a far off place, and while preparing my day, I had several thoughts plop into my mind, and then just about as quickly they disappeared not easily recalled. Where do these thoughts come from? Where do they go? They seem to come and go faster than I can pick up a pen! Yet, each one seems to be worthy of consideration. How do I slow down my mind and focus on one thing at a time?
For the life of me I cannot remember them!
It’s almost as the words of Job are swimming around my head:
“Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it.
(Job 4:12 ESV)
I leave you with this, one of my favorite chapters of Isaiah… It speaks of a thirst and desire for the things of my heart and soul. I do not have to worry about my thoughts when God’s word speaks to me.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
(Isaiah 55:1-13 KJV)