Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Lesson from Moses... Take a Shortcut

Inquiry-based learning is the process of learning through the interests, perspectives, and/or experiences of the student and includes questioning that leads the student to new discoveries 

To put it simply, experts have found that…

“We learn best when we are at the center of our learning”

Good teachers use this information (about how people learn) to shape the lessons they present to their pupils.  In fact, God used this very approach with Moses in the Book of Exodus. 

He started by:
Showing him…  (Exodus 3:2-3- the burning bush)                                                                       
Calling him...  (Exodus3:4)
Telling him…    (Exodus 3:14)

But Moses didn’t really begin to comprehend until God
Asked him  (“Moses, what is that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2)

God’s inquiry-based approach required Moses to become an active part in his own learning.
Development experts have found that we use lessons and experiences to create neurological pathways, connections, or “shortcuts” in the brain.  In other words, when we are presented with a problem or a dilemma, the brain conducts a “search and scan” to find the shortest neurological pathway to the answer or solution.  If there is no shortcut available, it creates one, and our brain develops.

So with all of that in mind, it appears that God’s question was more than just small talk. 
It seems as if He was using an inquiry-based approach to lead Moses to the answer; an answer that would create a new neurological pathway in his brain.  God’s questioning would allow Moses to create a shortcut solution for future challenges because now... 

Moses had an explanation and an experience!


The neurological shortcut was created…

“Take the rod in your hand and use that” (Exodus 4:17) and when he did, amazing things happened!

But how do we know that Moses learned the lesson? 
How do we know that he really got the lesson?

We know by his response! 

As Moses went from not even knowing God in Exodus 3 (Who are you?/What is your name?)

to singing His praises in Exodus 15: 1-2 (the Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.)

The experiences that Moses and the Children of Israel endured allowed God to become personal to him as he found God really to be the answer to all of the problems.  His brain made a shortcut!

So when life is troubling or confusing, remember the lesson of Moses and that the shortest pathway or distance between any problem and the solution… was then, and always will be God! 

Have you found the shortcut?

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