Recently there was an article about bones. But now, what would bones be without muscle? Bones would collapse, slip apart and there would be no movement.
Isaac Newton wrote: “In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.”
There are seventy separate muscles that contribute to hand movements. Fingers have no muscle: tendons transfer force from muscles in the forearm and palm to produce movement.
Six hundred muscles comprise 40 percent of our weight (twice as much as bones). Muscles burn up much of the energy we consume. Muscles can perform only one action – they contract or pull, but they cannot push. Movement is accomplished when one muscle contracts (shortens) and the opposing muscle relaxes.
There are 3 types of muscles:
Smooth muscles (involuntary) – control automatically without our conscious attention, (ex. breathing, digestion).
Striated muscles (voluntary) – we control, (ex. piano playing, sports, most activities).
Cardiac muscles – (heart) specialized in their own category.
In our physical body, the muscle must be exercised to continue growing. Dr. Brand and Dr. Yancey in their book, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, compare this to our spiritual life. If the “muscle” is not exercised, it atrophies and shrinks. There is a counterbalancing of forces to make movement. This is true in our spiritual life also, a counterbalancing of our earthly life with our spiritual life. Without a counterbalance, actions or movements become spastic and accomplish mothing.
The authors state, “Movement in the Body, then, requires the smooth and willing cooperation of many parts who gladly submit their own strength to the Will of the Head.”
Of course, there is far more to our created bodies: nerves, glands, organs, cells and so on. Each one works together to form each one of us uniquely. All of them are important. This is true spiritually also, we must exercise by studying, reading and listening, then work together to produce action according to God’s will.
May we always remember and daily be grateful that, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Praise God.
Blessings through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
Shirley Hess, Parish Nurse, 651-210-3380