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Math: A Gift

Have you ever thought about how our very ability to use math is an amazing gift? To start with, you’re able to read the numbers! Your eyes take in an image. Your brain turns that image right-side up, connecting it with what you’ve learned about the language of mathematics, and gives an interpretation. And all that happens automatically…and much faster than it takes us to describe it.

We don’t often think of the gift of being able to assimilate math, but it’s been on my mind a lot lately due to lingering post-concussion syndrome that’s made my brain not function as usual. I’m realizing in a fresh way how utterly reliant we are on God for even the brainpower to be able to learn and use math. We truly cannot do anything without His enabling.

Whether it’s grasping multiplication facts or algebra, your ability to learn (or teach) math is nothing short of an incredible gift. We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 (KJV)

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  1. Math, and the brain’s ability to reason mathematically, is indeed an amazing gift! It is such a joy to watch the little grandchildren counting everything they encounter for the sheer fun of it. It is such a gift to watch our own young children as they encounter new math skills and see the usefulness of what they are learning. It is such a privilege to celebrate with our teens as they master “foreign” concepts like algebra and trigonometry. And it is with such sadness that we watch my elderly mom, a woman who always enjoyed math and said it was her best subject, lose even the simplest ability to play a game that requires basic math skills as Alzheimer’s Disease robs her of all that she once knew. All stages are gifts to be treasured in their own way!

    1. Amen! My grandmother has dementia, so I understand what you mean. She used to be amazing at strategy games, and now she just can’t process well enough (although she still tries). We live in a fallen world…but praise God for salvation through Jesus! Heaven is just around the corner…and there won’t be any tears there.

  2. Katherine – Praying for you! Hugs -Colleen

    1. Thank you, Colleen! I appreciate the prayers.

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