Catching Hope

Looking for the grace of God that surrounds us

The Inspiration to be Found

I forgot about this part of being in school again. At least, if I didn’t forget it, I laughed it off as part of a past life.

Old habits die hard, I guess. (Mom, take a deep breath and don’t cringe too badly!) ūüôā¬† It is the second night I have been up into the wee hours of the morning…I have had enough caffeine today to kill a small elephant, my contact lenses are just about glued in place, and I am not quite sure I can finish everything on time.

It is in moments like these that I need inspiration.

As I took a deep breath, rubbed my shriveled, dried-out eyeballs, ran my fingers through my tangled hair, and tried to regain a sense of perspective, I thought to myself that I needed inspiration badly.

Then I realized–I have had an entire week full of it. For that matter, a life full of it.

Everyone enters the world the same way, when it comes right down to it–nobody is totally grown in a test tube (yet anyway!). It’s a funny, wonder-inducing, truly miraculous thought (when you look at it at 2 am, anyway): everyone has literally been a part of someone else.

It was at this point I realized the inspiration I need–rather, the miracle I hope everyone can see–is that of Life.

I don’t need to look for motivation for my school assignments. I just need to look at my fat little smiling babies at work….down the street at the panhandlers on the corners….the masses of people that swarm out of the sanctuary when church is done…or in the mirror, even.

This is because where there is Life, there is a Miracle. God took man out of the dust and breathed life in to him, and that life created other lives, which created others, and so on and so forth.  And I get the privilege to study exactly how life grows life, and (Lord willing) someday I get to help usher some of this life in to the world.

So in the end, I realize–I don’t need to look for inspiration. It’s right in front of me, in front of you, all the time: the Miracle that is Life.¬† What a gift this is, that God has given us!

p.s. Mom, I am going to bed now. *hug* ūüėČ


According to my pathophysiology book….

We are all going to die.

Of something.

Odds are totally stacked against us.

This may seem common sense, however, as I have read further into my pathophysiology textbook (which tells me all about the inner workings of what makes us die), I am finding that to avoid this rather unfortunate phenomena, we must live in a bubble and eat nothing. ¬†Except perhaps the occasional carrot stick and sip of purified water. ¬†[note: NOT celery, despite it’s reputation as the Ultimate Health Nut’s Food. ¬†Apparently even celery can have negative effects, between the high probability of pesticide residue, the relatively high sodium content (if you have high blood pressure, that is), and I might personally add the annoying little strings that get caught in your teeth.]

Here’s the partial running list of odd things I have discovered that contribute to disease. ¬†While occasionally overstated : ), these are documented risk factors for disease, when consumed/experienced in large amounts:

*Animal fat. ¬†Causes disease of the gut, including cancer if eaten in large amounts. ¬†(toss out the lard, folks! guess the Chick-Fil-A cows are right after all….Eat Mor Chikn. ¬†the LEAN kind of chicken.)

*Being tall. ¬†Height and leg length, to be exact. ¬†Long legs have a documented association with cancer. ¬†(Not sure what you can do about this one–unless someone has figured out how to alter the gene pool….)

*Hot tea: in excess it apparently strains your gut too much and can give you anemia. ¬†Pernicous anemia, to be exact, which to me sounds like a cross between a persnickity old woman and some variety of a garden cabbage. (It’s better not to ask where that thought came from, because quite frankly I have no idea either.)

*Steak or other charbroiled foods. ¬†The old saying holds true, if it’s black and tastes terrible, don’t eat it. ¬†(OK, maybe that’s not an old saying. ¬†But now it is.)

*Long-term exposure to cold (we Minnesotans have known this for quite some time. ¬†Then again, perhaps those that move to Florida for the winter have a better practical understanding of this one…) or repeated exposure to vibrating machinery in the workplace. ¬†Both of these can cause spasms in your hands that turn your fingers blue.

*”Chinese-style salted fish”. ¬†(Not even sure what this is). But apparently if it is fed to infants, it correlates with disease of the nose and throat.

*A cold or flu virus. ¬†Those little guys can stick in your system and pop back out to to say hello in new and updated forms such as shingles or mononucleosis. ¬†(Hence, I would remind you of the aforementioned “bubble” living idea…)

*Too much sunshine. ¬†Can cause skin cancer. (I should have added in the introduction to this post that when in the aforementioned protective bubble, sipping organic water and munching on the occasional pesticide-free carrot stick, one should protect exposed skin as well…)

*Not enough sunshine. ¬†Lowers the Vitamin D level. ¬†(Note: to rectify this with the previous post, I guess there is a very delicate balance between not enough sunshine and too much. ¬†Ask Aristotle, the master of the “Golden Mean” of the middle ground…)

And speaking of the middle ground, at least on this point, I think perhaps Aristotle had a good idea–that is of living in moderation. ¬†Some sunshine but not too much. ¬†Some steak but don’t petrify it black. ¬†That sort of thing–common sense living. ¬†Which, incidentally, after all, does not consist of living in a bubble and subsisting on carrot sticks (in my humble opinion, anyway!). ¬†: )

Also, there are some things you can do something about (such as smoking, weight control, avoiding Chinese-style salted fish, etc.). ¬†Common sense living dictates that you modify what can be modified in your lifestyle. ¬†Other things you can’t help, when all is said and done (being tall, for one!). ¬†So, I guess the conclusion is to do what you can to preserve your health (protect your body as the “temple”–1 Corinthians 6:19-20) but understand that we are all fallen creatures under the curse of sin.

This is why, ultimately, we are all going to get sick and eventually die. ¬†It’s really not the excess of celery sticks, the hot tea, or the animal fat. ¬†It’s our sin nature, given to us by Adam when he and his wife ate the forbidden fruit.

But we can rejoice, and not only rejoice but rejoice with HOPE, because the Second Adam has come and redeemed His children–both soul and body.

Romans 5:17: ¬†For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Praise our Father that He has given us hope!

(All medical facts come from the book, “Understanding¬†Pathophysiology”, 4th Edition, by McCance and Huether, copyright 2008. ¬†Except for the part about celery, which I found after a little bit of internet research on various sites. ¬†Exaggeration and hyperbole directly from The Mind of Kristina Michael, RN, October 2010.)