I don’t know how I feel about the word “introvert”. Introverted, extroverted, Type-A, melancholy, choleric, INTJ, ESTJ, ESPN, whatever. All ways we try to figure out how to measure each other, define us, figure ourselves out, make sense of something that is more complex than any one particular label we could come up with. We look at ourselves in the mirror and feel compelled to name what it is we see. Like Adam naming the sheep and the cattle and the cockroaches. To not be content with identifying the genus and species, the gender and age, but to know ourselves beyond what we can see, the soul and spirit many of us refuse to even believe exist.
The Bible says we’re created in God’s image, and I think that’s true. But not in the physical sense. As complex as the human body is — and it’s extremely complex — we can peel back each layer and identify each component and its purpose. This machine made of muscle and tissue and water and bile that somehow works in amazing harmony for decades despite all reasoning to believe it shouldn’t. After tens of thousands of years, we finally understand more of it than we don’t. And yet that’s the easy part. That’s the part we can see. Then there’s this whole other part that we can’t, and we don’t know how we feel about that. So we give it abstract names to try and simplify it, then start putting the different variations into well-defined categories, and then anything that doesn’t fit into those neat little boxes we say is abnormal and must be corrected. Meanwhile, we can’t seem to admit that maybe that unseen part — the part made in the image of a Being that exists outside the limits of time and space — is more complex than what we could ever fully comprehend. This spirit within us is more than just the result of firing synapses in the brain. We think and analyze and socialize and dream in ways that are similar to other mammals, and yet we’re more than that. We wonder. We question. We yearn for truth. We look at our reflection and ache for more than what we see. The spirit within us reaching out to connect with a God that is also more than what we see. The God who created us in His image before time even existed.