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God Blew My Mind

Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD

By Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD | March 23, 2015

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." ~ Psalm 119:105 (Holy Bible, English Standard Version)

"The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand." ~ Psalm 37:23-24 (Holy Bible, English Standard Version)

"God is in the habit of giving circuit breakers" ~ Charles Erickson

One day, my mind was spinning when I was reading scientific/medical papers about details of how some signals in heart and cancer cells work, and God had me thinking about how feedback and feed forward loops among all the signals lead to turning biological switches on and off. And it just blew my mind about how when they found one of the antibodies that turns the switch off became one of the most popular drugs in cancer therapy, and the clinical trial was stopped early because it worked so well. But now I get to do research about the fact that it works so well on killing breast cancer cells but also works so well on killing heart cells. So I get to help figure out how to prevent heart failure after cancer therapy. How do we reverse or block the switch in the heart? This collaborative view in my mind of what's happening is only possible because of all the experience and training God has given me over the years in physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, biomedical science, computational cell biology, systems biology, and now systems medicine. I am so floored, humbled, privileged, and honored by God's impeccable planning. And that blew my mind.

On another occasion, I burst out praising God in tears after my brain exploded on overload with what was being deposited for a new concept, a new direction, and a new talk, a better talk, a bigger talk that brings together the essentials of what I've been thinking and what I've been taught for over a decade. Mind = Blown.

Maybe it's a 'catch 22'. God doesn't show us all the marvelous things He has for us and the incredible ways in which He plans to use us, all at once, because it will blow up (explode) our minds. In the same way, He doesn't show us all the trials and challenges before us, because it might shut down (implode) our minds!

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