November 27, 2016

When Life Doesn't Make Sense...

The right part of my brain (logic) is stronger than the left (creative) area. I crave the following:
  • Planning
  • Order
  • Introspection
  • Searching for, and implementing, solutions

I think I’m an intelligent person; however, I don’t always have all the answers. That doesn’t stop me from going over the same problem again and again in my mind. Bottom line; it doesn’t help. I usually end up digging a deeper pit of confusion and misery. 

When Digging Doesn’t Get Results

History tells us that overthinking complicates our lives. Let’s look at three examples:

James A. Garfield, 20th President of the U.S.
He was shot by an assassin in 1881. The medical protocol of the time was to extract the bullet from the body at all costs. This unfortunate man underwent numerous painful surgeries. Alexander Graham Bell even made a special device to locate the bullet.
 Garfield died of infection leading to pneumonia. The doctors’ hands and clothes—and the medical instruments—were all filthy. They even probed his wounds repeatedly with their bare, unsterilized hands. By the way, the bullet was never found. He went through almost three months of pain and misery in an uncomfortable, unsanitary setting. Modern methods of sterilization and a round of antibiotics would have worked wonders.

George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon
He is another man who could have been helped by a simple, immediate solution. The earl was a wealthy, amateur Egyptologist. His assistant was archaeologist/Egyptologist Howard Carter. In 1922, they discovered King Tut’s tomb. It was one of the most prominent archaeological finds in history.
Carnarvon was bitten by a mosquito. The bite became infected by a razor cut, which poisoned his blood. Eventually he got pneumonia and died.
Today’s science tells us the original infection could have probably been stopped by antibiotics. However, the superstitions of the time created a complicated story of “The Mummy’s Curse”. In essence, the earl brought disaster on himself when he dared to disturb the royal tomb.

 Charles Goodyear
Anyone who has heard of the Goodyear Blimp, or the most well-known brand of tire out there, knows this name. What you may not be familiar with is the story behind his success. Goodyear actually went into debt and almost ended up in debtors’ prison.
He sold everything he had to discover the best process for vulcanizing (giving strength and elasticity to) rubber. Everything he tried was either too hot or too cold. The procedures either made the rubber melt, or made it too brittle. It was a long, unsuccessful journey.
He eventually came across a successful method of vulcanization by accident. When he was working at the India Rubber Company, he combined sulphur and rubber.  He patented the formula in 1844, and the process is still used today.
My Conclusion

“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just, and protects the way of his faithful ones.”—Proverbs 2:7-8

“Drop it. Leave it. Let God fight your battles.”—Joel Osteen

Life is often illogical. We live on Earth, not Vulcan. Overanalyzing certain events or people doesn’t always clarify matters, either. Often, it muddies the waters even more.

We often get our biggest breakthroughs when we take a step back and stop pushing for order and understanding. That’s the place where miracles happen. That’s the place where God is finally able to take over.

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