In medical terminology, hydrocephalus is a condition where excess fluids accumulate in the skull and put pressure on the brain. As a result this condition can lead to serious complications. The procedure often needed is what they call a “shunt” and it creates a way for these excess fluids to be redirected out of the minor recess between the brain and the skull so no excessive fluid pressure is problematic.
God seems to show us much about spiritual realities with the physical world. Pride or “having a big head” or “swollen ego” is a lot like this, except it is a spiritual form of hydrocephalus! It can create problems for us and our walk with the Lord and others and paralyze our usefulness in the Christian walk!
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12 speaks of a “Thorn in the Flesh” and from the sound of it, it became like a spiritual shunt to drain away excess pride!
“or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 –
Sometimes God does allow certain circumstances to buffet us for the sake we do not become too full of ourselves! When we are full of ourselves we leave no room for the power of Christ!
Paul on another occasion says, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. [1 Corinthians 1:17]
Often God has to empty us of our own vain self sufficiency and trust in our resources and might in order to fill us with His even greater power. We always must leave room for him and not let self eclipse his bright glow!