Have you heard this one before? If you were given a brand new car on your sixteenth birthday, and you would not be able to replace that car, it being your only means of conveyance for the rest of your life, how would you then care for that car?
Of course the connection is that you are given your one body. How do you want to experience moving through your life: with ease and strength, or disease and weakness? I want the wheels on my bus (although I’d be a Porsche if given the option) to go ‘round and ‘round. It’s up to me. Maintenance is the key.
I’m writing from my shelter in place, as the quarantine for all of us “nonessentials” continues. But we can almost see light at the end of this tunnel, the forest for the trees. And what we are seeing is this: The victims who fell to the virus had underlying physical conditions. The poor souls in ICU were not in tip top physical condition to begin with. Now of course there are exceptions, there always are. And we cannot control the genetic makeup of what we’ve been created with. But we do control our lifestyle choices. The takeaway here is that building a healthy body and a strong immune system certainly can’t hurt us. My hope is that we remember this when we go “back to normal”. My hope is that we “go forward to our new normal” instead. We prioritize the caretaking of ourselves, our homes, our loved ones, just as we have been made to do these past two months.
I think our “new normal” future will include accessorizing our outfits with face masks. I’m all for bringing back the wearing of white gloves too, mid century style. How smart was that?
On to the Bible Sampler quilt project. I finished reading the next book, Obadiah, which took all of about five minutes. The quilt block took much longer:
Obadiah reports a vision he received from God to the Edomites. Descended from Esau, they have held a long-standing grudge against Israel and Judah, from the house of Jacob. Although they too were descended from Abraham, they aren’t part of the blessing given to the twelve tribes of Israel. So when Judah was destroyed and carried away to captivity, they gloated and rejoiced. If the words of the oracle are literal, they may have even looted their wealth and stood at the fork of the road to cut down their fugitives.
The lesson here? Don’t kick a man when he’s down. And if you do, here’s what verse 15 warns:
“For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head.”
This one-chapter book ends with a message and a promise. That is, the house of Jacob (Israel) will return to its promised land, while the house of Esau will have no survivors.