“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Matt. 3:1-3
John the Baptist called on his audience to make the paths straight for the Lord. And this call still applies to us today. What did John mean? Was he talking about a physical path, a path without bumps or obstacles? Or did John mean it symbolically, spiritually? The way had to be prepared, because the Kingdom was at hand. The way had to be prepared to receive the Kingdom within us, in our mind and heart (Luke 17:21). How do we prepare a way in our mind to receive Him, to receive His Kingdom in us? I was reminded of this text from John, when I read this text about forming memory in our brain, from the book ‘Mind Mapping’ by Buzan*:
“When a certain message, thought or memory is transported from one brain cell to another, a biochemical/electromagnetic path is created. Every passage of neurons is called a memory trail. These memory trails, also called ‘mental maps’, are one of the most exciting areas of recent brain research and have already led to some exceptional conclusions. Every time you have a certain thought, the biochemical/electromagnetic resistance on the path through which this thought is transported is reduced. It is like clearing a path through a forest.”
It sounds pretty technical, but that’s how our brain works. To permanently store messages, thoughts, in our minds, we must prepare a neurological path in our brain. This happens if we keep repeating this thought, which reduces the resistance on this path. To receive and store the message of His Kingdom in our mind, we must prepare this neurological path in our brain by continuing to repeat His truth in our minds. By continuing to feed ourselves with the spiritual bread of His Word. Prepare the way of the Lord in your mind …
* Quote is my translation in English from the Dutch translation of the book.