Take one brick

blogIMG_1155Take one brick.  Lay it down.  Add another to it.  And then another.  Continue laying bricks down and eventually it will lead you somewhere. 

The bricks become a pathway for your feet, a roadway for your vehicle, a way to link one place with another.  And that way will lead you to where you want to go.  But that can’t happen without them being connected.

There used to be some brick streets in my little hometown and they always fascinated me.  That’s why I shot this photo when I was in another little town where streets paved with bricks still existed.   

This photo connects me to the event that took place that day.  That event leads me to think about certain members of my family who were also there.  And thoughts of my family bring up other connections in my mind. And so on, and so forth…

My thoughts, although they may seem random, are connected somehow.  It’s how our brains work.  We couldn’t think, move, feel, or speak without the neurological connections that occur in our brain. When those connections are broken, we too seem broken.

Connected – it’s the theme of this week’s Word Press photo challenge. 

Being connected – isn’t that what life – all life – is truly about?  Making connections.  I’ve written about the idea of being connected before here in Mama’s Empty Nest – way back in the summer of 2010 when I first began this journey of intentional blogging.  You can read it here if you’d like.

While thinking about connections, I ran across this quote today and I’m not sure in what context it was used, but I imagine it refers to networks in our bodies, technology, or science.  Fritjof Capra said, “The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.”  

I liked what Capra said – when patterns of interconnections are more complex, the more resilient the network is. Think about that a second in human terms.  The more connected we are with others, the more resilient or hardy we are because those connections give us strength to deal with life’s difficulties. 

Isn’t that so very true?  Often times when we struggle with whatever hardships come our way, some of us tend to withdraw from others.  We focus on our problems alone, languishing with internal struggles instead of reaching out to those who love, help, encourage, or support us. 

We cut off connections to our fellow human beings.  We feel broken and our connections seem broken as well. Anyone in the throes of depression can attest to this.

That’s why being connected is so vitally important to our health – physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.

I wrote this before, but I can’t think of a better way to say it, so I will repeat myself.  We humans have an inner desire to be bonded or linked with someone, we just don’t seem to know how to achieve it very well. We crave connection.  We yearn for it.  We need it.   

I believe our Creator, the Lord God Himself, created us that way.  He instilled in us this longing need to be linked, to be joined, to be loved, to feel connection but not just for fellowship with our fellow human beings.  He placed in our hearts the yearning for a connection to something bigger than us, something meaningful, something profound and it is only He who can fulfill that desire. 

God did not create us to be completely solitary, disconnected from our fellow human beings or from Him.   He created us to commune with Him. But how can we bridge the gap of disconnectedness between His holiness and our sinfulness? How can we be connected to God in our brokenness?

The Lord provided a way by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to save us.  Jesus is our connection; He is our link.  He is the only brick that provides the pathway to God the Father.

When we connect with Him, He not only provides a solid connection, He gives us the strength to face whatever comes our way.

“Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.”  ~ Saint Hildegard of Bingen

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