“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matt. 6:34 ESV
I spent some of last night’s wee hours struggling with such cares concerning what are the best subjects (if any) to learn. Since my chief interests are in the sciences, but include many other areas as well, I thought, concerning the ideas of practicality and usefulness of such knowledge, could be totally beyond use.
But as I have observed many times in the past, much of my knowledge will pay good dividends. For example, why does bird excrement contain white and dark portions? (Urinary products, primarily uric acid, are excreted in a combination with the actual feces.) Or, speaking of white and dark, the “white” breasts and the other, “dark” poultry portions (i.e., drum, thigh, and wing) represent differing rates of metabolism in the muscles (which, basically, is the meat before slaughter).
Physics is the reason why a Volvo commercial is false if it was to stop suddenly in the face of an obstacle. Good for the rescued kid crossing the streets, bad for the driver with her inertia paced on her by a sudden stop. And another ill-advised product I actually own: an alarm clock that projects on the ceiling in the dark. But here’s the catch: in dark enough conditions, the center of the retina dominated by cones, will not respond in darkness. The certain portions of the alarm clock numbers cannot be seen directly, so unless you skim around, you may get the wrong picture. Likewise, you can’t see a dim star looking directly at it, but you can when you look next to it.
I could go on and on about these things, but knowledge of any kind is a good investment no matter what it is used for. After all, may come in handy in various situations. For example, two botanical words: “pinnate” and “palmate” refer to leaves concerning the veins of the leaf, compounding (when leaflets, while isolated, are really one subdivided leaf), and even the pattern of lobes on certain leaf margins. (Thank you, Britannica. But sorry, I can’t infringe your copyright, so no picture here!) Together with many other traits that are useful for identification, it may led a nice hobby to observe properties of plants.
And reason is a gift from God, despite many secular claims otherwise. But all these unbelievers: atheists, agnostics, deists, secular humanists, freethinkers, whatever, consider reason superior to religious doctrine (which is obvious by their disbelief of God). Reason is good, but if it gets to an excess, it could take it into a powerhouse of planning and worrying about what could happen, rather than trusting a loving God and His providence.
And that was my very antidote, around 2:30 this morning, I put such matters in the hands of God, and immediately saw a better insight of the information. Now I am much happier, and was asleep just after about 3 AM (and slept till 8 or even 8:30)
So, if you get anxious or frustrated from excessive reasoning, especially when it deals with personal problems (as opposed to appropriate uses of reason, such as asking questions and observing what happens as say, in scientific research or financial planning), turn it to prayer!
Bottom line: Focus on learning for now, then you’ll have a arsenal of knowledge to use for different needs. As always, one day at a time!