Things are not always as they appear

Ran across one of those “why do I bother” links on Facebook.  You know the type.

Glamour shots that aren’t.

Optical Illusions created by camera angles.

What 10 ‘Dowdy’ Actresses really look like.

OK — I know I had better things to do, but that one caught my eye.  One in particular was interesting — at least I found it to be.

Mayim Bialik.

Some may know her as Blossom from the NBC show of the same name.

Most readers will be more likely to know her from The Big Bang Theory:

She joined the cast of The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. Her first appearance was in the season 3 finale as a potential love interest for the character of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons).

In Season 4, she began as a recurring character playing Sheldon’s “friend that’s a girl, but not a girlfriend.  Beginning with Season 4, Episode 8, she became part of the main cast. 

Here’s the fun part — she actually is a scientist.  Amy is a neurobiologist, or neuroscientist, which corresponds to Bialik’s real-life academic career.

Bialik’s performance in The Big Bang Theory earned her Emmy Award nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Bialik was one of seven actresses who had a “quirky” personality to audition for the role

At the end of Blossom, she chose to attend UCLA, although she also had been accepted at both Harvard and Yale.   She stated that she wanted to stay close to her parents and did not want to move to the East Coast.

She earned a B.S. degree in neuroscience, Hebrew studies, and Jewish studies and went on to earn a doctorate in neuroscience.  She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting.

Bialik earned her Ph.D. degree in 2007;  however she did not publish any first author manuscripts from the dissertation work Her dissertation was an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome, titled, “Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome.”  (I know — I don’t get it either — but it sounds impressive!)

Wow!   Not at all what she first appears to be.   This child star with a second chance at a career in acting is actually quite a smart young lady!

She is also quite a beauty.

Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler
Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler
Mayim Hoya Bialik
Mayim Hoya Bialik








blossom 2Bialik’s first name is the Hebrew word for water.

So what does this have to do with discipleship?

Jesus called disciples from all walks of life and all sorts of backgrounds.  Some like Matthew were not “A list” prospects.

Later he called Paul — another “I really don’t think so” candidate.

The point — share Jesus.  Whenever, However, to Whomever.

Under that crusty and rough exterior may be a theologian, evangelist, or remarkable servant.

You just never know.

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