2020-04-01 - Portions
About a month ago, my appetite was lousy for several days. It happens sometimes, depending on the migraine episode-the general synopsis is only a brief bit of nausea for part of a day. As I began to feel better, I had smaller portions with each meal and sometimes just a snack instead. In my head came the thought, ‘If you’re not hungry, you do not have to eat. And when our bodies need sustenance, they let us know!’ So I’d fix my husband something to eat, and just have a cup of tea and read. This was all before Lent began, but turned out to be a great prelude to the thought process of denying self at times. I took the energy and instead used it to care for another’s immediate needs.
The COVID-19 virus is also another reason for thinking beyond just our own needs as well as wants. We need to care for ourselves too, no doubt, yet not to the detriment of others. The normal reason to see store shelves completely barren is when it is a sale item, or if the warehouse is awaiting a new shipment. I was very sad to see shelves turned into a free-for-all hoarding contest instead of a place where products once awaited the sporadic arrival of patrons getting a small portion for themselves and leaving the rest for others. Logic would lead me to thinking the thermometers, fever and pain reducers and cough syrups might instead be selling out. With an advanced medical community and the ability to communicate quickly about what is going on, it makes no sense that anyone would think they needed to stockpile bathroom tissue.
I recall, as a child, hearing the phrase, “Let’s just leave panic as a last resort, shall we?” However, the unknown does wreak havoc with human minds, mine included. The migraine episode merry-go-round more often takes me to a place of sadness rather than panic, yet sometimes either one can affect the immune system. Yet there are people in higher risk to their immune system for various reasons, who would be well-served by the healthy people calming down and just breaking the cycle of spreading things around needlessly. Guidelines and updates from the Center from Disease Control are helpful for the physical and practical aspects of health, and how to respond in crisis.
Here is the link at the CDC's page for the guidelines which have been extended until April 30th:
God’s word provides practical wisdom but ultimately has our spiritual welfare in mind. No matter what people’s belief systems stem from. Or what they call them, we all have some sort of spiritual needs along with physical and emotional ones. Recognizing them makes it easier to see where a breakdown in balance can occur. When my portions of each of those get unequal, I am more prone to panic - or at the very least to overreacting to situations that surround me. The perfect offset of the earthly and heavenly is crucial to my wellbeing. Do you have just the right portions of what you need, while still taking others into consideration? Do consider giving any worries over to the creator of the universe. Whether you already have or are willing to consider starting, the words of a nineteen eighty-five song imploring us to make up our own minds and maybe get out of our own way to accomplish it say, “Things can only get better!” (howardjones.com)
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,” (Ephesians 3:17 KJV)
All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.