Every so often we read about someone who has been in prison for decades or of someone who awakens from years in a coma and have no awareness of the many advances and changes in society. They will have much adapting to do to make up for those lost years. The plot of a popular TV program has a plane of passengers who arrive at an airport and are told they have been missing for 5 years. They have to adapt to the changes in the world that have occurred during their mysterious disappearance. The interpersonal dynamics and the adjustment of their habits and ideas cause the viewer to think more deeply of one’s own situation.
Adaptation involves adjusting modifying, varying and altering one’s ideas and behavior almost constantly. In sports it is especially critical. No morning drive to work is ever exactly the same because of circumstances beyond our control. Change seems to be the only constant. Most humans can alter their actions and speech as quickly as the situation demands. It is the big changes like rejection, divorce, loss and death that can disrupt this ability.
Far beyond my pay grade is the understanding of genes, chromosomes and DNA. But even a layman can see that within the “kinds” that God created ( Gen 1:20-21) there is built into the genetic code for each one a way to adapt and modify into various species. We can easily see this in the dog and cat groups. There is, however, the fixity of “kinds” so that one does not evolve into a different type of “kind.”
God also built into our soul the possibility of adaptation. We can alter our minds ( Roma 12: 2) to adapt the new goals mentioned in Philippians 4: 8-9. While remaining a citizen of an earthly country ( Rom 13: 1-7) we can transition to our real citizenship in heaven. ( Php 2: 19-20) Once we commit to setting our mind on things above we can allow the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to adapt to our new identity. ( Eph 3: 16-17) Obviously there will be troubles along the road to eternity. ( Jn 16:33) ( Mt 6:34) However, if we can become good at making adjustments on the fly in our secular life, we can also learn to adapt our thoughts and behavior in the spiritual realm through divine help. ( Jas 5:3) ( 1 Pe 5:7)
Posted by Jery Bailey, Elder
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