Cast Away! Casting Away Your Cares

Cast Away! Casting Away Your Cares

By Dort Goodman, American Family Insurance, Agent, Sabetha, KS

Did you know you had a second brain? That it exists in your stomach? That it connects to your first brain by a nerve called the “vagus” nerve?
Well…if you didn’t, join the club. I didn’t know it either.

“A major revelation came when scientists confirmed the existence of the enteric nervous system; a third unconscious system in your body. And it’s found in your gut. They’re calling it the second brain because while it talks to the brain, it also has the ability to act independently and influence behavior.” Shannon Harvey, Investigative Health Journalist

For simplicity, the second brain is your Enteric Nervous System made up of a mesh-like system of neurons that govern the function of your gastrointestinal system. More than 30 neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, dopamine, and serotonin make use of this system. In fact, more than 90% of the body’s serotonin and 50% of the body’s dopamine lives in the gut. This system sends and receives impulses, records experiences, and responds to emotions. How these affect the brain is still being studied by scientists. Dr. Michael Gershon, professor of anatomy and cell biology has written extensively on this field of medicine called “neurogastroenterology”.

So why am I writing about it? Simple. As a Christian, I believe science is showing us the results of ignoring God’s command to not worry or to not hold on to anxiety. As one who has dealt with fear, anxiousness, concern, worry, nervous butterflies, I struggled with the verse in Philippians that stated that I needed to “be anxious for nothing…”. I would try but the stomach upset or anxious feeling I had rarely left, leaving me often emotionally drained.

Mathew 13:22 talks about the “cares” of this world choking the Word; that word “cares” is the Greek word “merimna”. It means care or anxiety, and is the root word for “merimnao” …which means to be anxious, troubled with cares or concerns and speaks directly to that same feeling I would get whenever I was troubled about something happening in my life. Not only did it choke the Word in my spiritual life, it also affected my sleep, my emotions, etc. But other than praying about it, I rarely felt that I had an answer to it. That is, till now.

According to John 7:38; “he that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Belly in this verse refers to the entire cavity of the realm of the stomach, the innermost part of man. The Greek word for “living” is “Zao” …meaning it will have vital power in itself and exerts the same upon the soul, full of vigor, blessed. If the belly is where life flows…and we allow the cares of this world to affect us, perhaps the affect begins in the gastro arena first, where eventually it can trouble the kidneys, as well as all other parts of the body.

So, if my “belly” in Christ had rivers of living water flowing through it as a born again believer, I began to realize that perhaps I needed to lay down all cares (gut reactions, negative emotions) in order to not impede the flow of that living water. Practicing Philippians 4:6 which not only states to not be anxious…but in everything by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God, by laying my hand on my stomach, and praying with Thanksgiving every time I felt a negative emotion attack me has led to walking in a supernatural peace. If the Holy Spirit shows me anything during this time that I need to repent or address, I do so quickly. What I’ve discovered over time is that the peace of God through Jesus and by the power of his Spirit flows much easier when I “cast my cares upon Him” as my day goes by.

Apparently, through the study of neurogastroenterology Science is beginning to agree that the stomach is connected to the head and can affect the entire body, proving that “casting” our cares upon Him is just another way the Lord cares for us.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Cast Away, my brethren!

Dort Goodman
Guest Blogger

Dorothy “Dort” Goodman and her husband Dennis own and operate an American Family Insurance office in Sabetha, KS. They have three grown children and several grandchildren. Additionally they farm north of town and own several businesses. They have genuine hearts for the Lord and are actively involved in serving the community.

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