The God Who Sustains

“Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

In the past three years, the following has happened in my life:

I began working from home in 2017.

In 2019, I experienced pain so severe, it sent me to the hospital, who sent me to the GI doctor, who told me that 1- I am fine. and 2- About half of people with English, Dutch (that’s me), and Celtic cultural background lose half of their brush border enzymes in their mid 30’s. This means I cannot digest lots of various things the way I once could. Carbs and other sugars, dairy and hard fibers, etc.

Due to the poor absorption this can cause, I now take multiple supplements. Vitamin D, Ester C (which I was already taking) a strong probiotic/prebiotic as well as digestive enzymes throughout the day after eating. I can no longer eat beef and pork comfortably. It has been a two year and several doctors’ journey to get my digestion straightened out however, my gut health is much improved and my levels of virus protecting and other vitamins and supplements are at peak.

I read an article the other day on several things people can do to keep from contracting this Coronavirus that has the world’s figurative panties in a wad. Increase Vit D, increase Vit C, improve gut health, stay home. These were four of five things they recommended. Thanks, Lord. You set me up just right.

Oddly enough, my husband informs me of a major meat packing plant where 3k of 5k employees have tested positive for the virus. Guess which meats they are packing? Beef and pork.

So what is the fifth thing recommended in that article? Exercise. Not a surprise. What surprises me is that I now run/walk/jog 3-5 times/week (not by choice) with my 4 year old son who has recently discovered courageous enjoyment of his bike and pedal cart. He goes his speed and I keep up.

For two years, God has prepared me gently for what has been a big change in the world, for most people. A reminder to trust, to have faith and that there is indeed nothing to fear in this world, that God is not preparing us for. He does and will indeed, sustain us.

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