Today I got to thinking about thinking. Where do my thoughts originate? I'm sure if we ask five different professionals, we'd have five different answers. I Googled the question, "where do thoughts come from?" and this is the answers I found on Yahoo (/link). Quite interesting.
I've often quoted the passage, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." The Bible tells us that from the lusts of our heart springs forth a desire to sin. As we dwell on that lustful desire--entertain that thought--we give birth to sin. A kind of evolution, if you will.
So where do thoughts come from?
I'm not talking about evil thoughts. I'm talking about inspiration to write. The Muse. The idea that comes to us in the midst of washing dishes. The "original" phrase (is there any such animal?), we type onto a blank page without anyone saying a word. I think of water when I become thirsty, food-when I become hungry, pain-when I stub my toe, soft-when I touch cotton. But what brings that brilliance...that ignorance...that wisdom...that foolishness to our minds? That wit, that spontaneity?
What makes a particular person's name pop into your head as you're driving down the highway? Then you call that person and discover they were thinking of you at the same moment...even when you are thousands of miles apart. Sometimes we are awakened in the night with a name on our minds and we immediately start praying for that person, only to learn the next day that at the exact moment you were praying, they were in deep need of help or had just escaped an incredible accident.
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
I understand that. Any good thought that comes to my mind has to come from Him because no man is good but the Lord. So can we assume that the good we think to do, the desire of kindness that wells up in our hearts, is directly generated by God? Or do we actually think we are the authors of our own ingenuity, creativity, and profound ponderings? selahV