Joining the Five Minute Friday community with a one word prompt. We write for five minutes (I confess, I’m not so good at the time limit), post it, and then link up over at Kate’s blog.
Connecting is hard-wired in our brains. When you read, listen to news, talk to a stranger, your brain is searching for patterns, for some previous bit of knowledge or understanding to connect to this new piece.
During my teaching days I loved to plan a new unit by researching. Finding media (books, movies, quotes, a place or event) that connected to the topic kept me engaged for hours. Sometimes a field trip provided the ultimate connection. When I taught The Miracle Worker we took a trip to Ivy Green, Helen’s home in Alabama. Inner city students who had never left the state of Tennessee engaged in this home preserved as it was in Helen’s days. When a group discovered the pump out back, they asked, “Is the real pump? The one that Helen and her teacher touched?” That breakthrough moment in Helen’s life suddenly connected for these students.
This month I’m researching the connections in Psalms to the Messiah for an adult Bible class I will teach in February. God’s Word is so rich in connections; just read the first chapter of Matthew and connect the Old Testament men and women to the Messiah. The deeper you dig into Scripture the more connections you can make.
I am thankful today for:
- God’s Word preserved for us
- the richness of poetry in the Psalms that speaks to our emotions and draws us nearer to the Father
- new understanding of Psalm 2 and 22