Each of us are a complex network of sophisticated systems. There are eleven major organ systems: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, nervous, endocrine, immune, integumentary, skeletal, muscle and reproductive systems.
And then there’s the intrinsically beautiful and fascinating field of biochemistry that serves to inform and influence all of the body’s systems on all levels, even a single gene. For example, biochemistry informs the molecular bases for mental disorders such as Alzheimer disease and schizophrenia.
If we were all so inclined, it is possible to have a very intimate understanding about how and why our bodies work similarly to and differently from others. We can understand why one person in our family has a propensity toward addiction and another toward hypertension. Scientists are already working on individually customized gene therapy for specific diseases. It’s fascinating and hopeful.
There are times when I wonder why my body has a propensity to break down. Or I wonder “what happened” to the brain biochemistry leading to one of my son’s being bipolar. I know the medical and scientific researchers are gaining ground on these mysteries daily. But all the research and data in the world does not remove the reality of living with conditions or glitches in our systems. There is or will be something that falls apart in each of our amazing bodies this side of eternity.
When I couldn’t sleep in the hospital, watching an exquisite moon rise out my 14th-floor hospital window, I was reminded of an eternal perspective:
O Eternal One, You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am;
You observe my wanderings and my sleeping, my waking and my dreaming,
and You know everything I do in more detail than even I know.
You have surrounded me on every side, behind me and before me,
and You have placed Your hand gently on my shoulder.
It is the most amazing feeling to know how deeply You know me, inside and out;
the realization of it is so great that I cannot comprehend it.
Even if I am afraid and think to myself, “There is no doubt that the darkness will swallow me,
the light around me will soon be turned to night,”
You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to Your eyes.
For You the night is just as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same to Your eyes. ~ Psalm 139:1, 3, 5-6, 11-12 The Voice
While we may sometimes struggle with really being known even as we desire to be known, we are already intimately known by God. God knows our deepest, most private thoughts and fears. We may have quirks and glitches no judgement or shame or stigma with God because quirks or glitches in our bodies or minds. Our human bodies are amazing. God knows we are amazing too.