“Patience under trials will keep us from saying and doing those things which will injure our own souls and injure those with whom we associate. Let your trials be what they will, nothing can seriously injure you if you exercise patience, if you are calm and unexcited when in trying positions…. ” Our High Calling, page 70
The frontal lobe of the brain is the area responsible for emotional reactions. But there are areas of the brain that can give the frontal lobe “a run for its money”, so to speak. One such area is the amygdala.
The amygdala is that area of the brain that is responsible for emotions of fear, anger, panic, etc. It’s the fight or flight headquarters of the brain. The late Dr. Elden Chalmers once stated that it is only the frontal lobe that can cool the fires of the amygdala.
Is your frontal lobe being developed to help you become “panic proof”? Can you handle stress and still be kind and calm? Do you become irritable when you have “too many irons in the fire”? It’s kind of “natural”, isn’t it? But God wants us to live a supernatural life. And with His strength and training, we can.
One of the best things God has called us to in order to help us to prepare for the closing scenes of this life is country living; time in nature and in the garden. If you’ve experienced it, you know what I’m saying when I say that gardening and country living develops patience! We’re told in Revelation 14:12 that the people of God in the final scenes of earth’s history will possess patience….and the faith of Jesus.
We’ll talk more about the faith of Jesus tomorrow. But for today, do you have patience? are you developing patience? Are you choosing to allow the Lord to control your frontal lobe so it can calm that impulsive amygdala? Day by day? When you’re cut off in traffic? When someone offends you? When you smash your thumb with a hammer, burn the toast or are otherwise challenged? Hiding the promises of God in the heart by memorization is a HUGE advantage here!
God help us to be willing to embrace the discipline it will take to become the people of Revelation 12:14.