Anatomy is on my brain. No pun intended. When I thought about what I wanted to share with the world next, all I could think about was anatomy. It’s late Spring which means that I am in the final stages of dissecting the cadavers in the anatomy lab that I help teach at school. Last week in fact, I just used a bone saw to open the cranial cavity and expose the brain. We are also right in the middle of the internal cadaver practicums, which if you didn’t know, means that we have taken out all the organs, intestines, and tissues and are working at identifying and memorizing structures.
I’ll stop there and spare some of the more gory details. When I tell people that I regularly help dissect cadavers, I frequently receive looks of disgust and distaste. People often wonder, “How could you do that to a human being!?” My answer, “I don’t see them as people anymore.” Plain and simple. Now that may sound cruel and harsh, but it’s true. I of course respect the bodies, but at this point, they are nothing more than teaching mechanisms. They are simply just a combination of bones and flesh. Their soul is gone; their essence is gone; what makes them human is gone.
This realization has particularly spoken to me over the past couple of weeks. What makes us human? What causes the distinction between human beings and everything else in the world? The only answer that I can come up with is the presence of our soul.
Our soul makes us who we are. We, as individuals, are not defined by our earthly bodies. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says:
“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
This has been particularly relevant to me in relation to body image. As I am sure many if not all girls have experienced at one point and time, I have frequently fallen victim to self-image issues. With the media, societal pressures, and constant changes in the definition of beauty, it would be hard not to. However, it is exhausting, degrading, and unhealthy to dwell on. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t work on being healthy, but I don’t think that tends to be the overarching theme with these issues. Something that I’ve realized is that God created me just as I am, He doesn’t make mistakes. Samuel 16:7 says,
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Samuel 16:7
My identity and therefore my beauty, is not defined by my earthly shell, it is defined by who I am in Christ. It is measured by something that is un-measureable by human standards. The Lord does not judge us based on our outside appearance like the rest of the world, He judges us based on our heart. Without our heart, our soul, we are nothing. We are body parts. We are just teaching mechanisms with no connection to this earth. The anatomy of our soul is complex and complicated, but it is what makes us unique, and when we join together and form a relationship with Christ, it’s what makes us beautiful.
About the Author
I am currently a senior Pre-Allied Health major at Oklahoma Baptist University. I am 20-years-old and originally from Colorado. I love to run, hike, read, cook, bake, and just generally have a good time every single day. I have a passion for building relationships with people and love seeing the friendships that flourish from that. In twenty years, I would love to see myself working as a Physician’s Assistant with a husband and a family, and traveling all over the globe. Most importantly though, I am a follower of Christ and I try to live out every day accordingly.