2014-12-31 - Damaged Gears
From the time I was a young girl, I have always found cars interesting. I appreciate how they look, sound, and the mechanics that entail their inner workings. My Dad would sometimes work on our car at home, whether it was a rather small issue or a larger one, and I would watch and sometimes hand him tools. I learned about what many simple tools could be used for, regarding engine repair. Later on, I ended up marrying my husband, who was an automotive technician by trade, and is now an automotive teacher and Master Technician. This connection helped me to better understand the functions of engine parts and how they work together. One thing that immediately comes to mind, regarding a car engine - whether it be a 1960's, 1970's car or a car of today - is that there are many different gears in place, which operate some aspect of the engine. The main area is the transmission, and if the gears are not making proper contact, the vehicle doesn't move. While growing up, our family had a 1968 Chevy Impala that had a transmission problem, and the result was my Dad having to drive part of the way home in reverse. While that is a rare result, the idea of things not meshing properly applies to that situation, as well as how it can happen at times for people, also.
When it comes to people and gears, the control area is the brain. Far more mysterious than the car engine, yet still quite interesting, are the inner workings of the brain. Many things can cause issues in processing, and many things are not quite understood, in that regard. Personally, the most experience I have with that is the clouded thinking that comes along with having a migraine. The main issue for me, with a migraine, is focus and oversensitivity to things that otherwise don't bother me (light, sound, being around others). Our daughter recently ended up with a mild concussion, just before taking a trip, and some of the side effects for her were irritability, light sensitivity, difficulty concentrating, and easily tiring. A dear friend of mine has dealt with brain disease and then brain injury, and while each separately is challenge enough, the two together are even more difficult. The results are difficulty in remembering in general, sequencing, and sometimes other physical issues like seizures - as well as side effects from medications to help ease some of it. So, in a sense, when the brain becomes altered, its gears are not working properly. I know, first hand, that when there is a problem with the head, you just don't feel like yourself, and it can make it hard to want to be around others, due to that fact. Not only can it alter your ability to think properly, but it can also make you feel somewhat paranoid about how others view you.
The good news is that no matter what happens to our bodies, physically or even psychologically, our Father in Heaven knows our hearts and minds, as He made us. And also He never changes either, so we can trust in His promises to us in and through the struggles as well as the good times. I am so grateful that He always sees me as he made me, and not how the flesh can change things about me. And that is how I want to see others, as well. Whether it's brain injury, migraine, Alzheimer's, ALS, Autism, or anything else, we should not see people as what happens to them, but as they were created by the Father to be known.
“O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1-3)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.