How often do you stop to consider the amazing workings of your own body? Even if you have your share of aches and pains or other conditions, there are still a myriad of functions that go on within our systems starting before birth until the day we die. Many of these are things we may never think about or even know about unless we take the time to study them. Here are a few incredible facts about the human body, some of which are happening even as you’re reading this:
Perhaps you have heard someone say that they believe in “the power of prayer”. Is prayer an important part of your daily life? If it is, why and how do you pray? If you don’t pray, maybe it’s time to explore the reasons why you don’t. The following discussion might prompt you to take a closer look at what the Bible says about prayer.
No matter how close or distant we may be with our individual family members, there is no doubt that most everyone has varying degrees of ties with those we are related to. In the worst of cases, a family relationship may be completely absent except for a shared lineage. But in the best of cases, there is a loving and warm closeness between kin.
During a recent trip to a hospital emergency room with a loved one, I began thinking about the care she had received throughout the time there. Other than the few minutes it took initially to insert an IV line, take a few of vials of blood, place an automated blood pressure cuff and leads to a heart monitor, not one of the nurses, doctors, or technicians who came in and out had any need to touch this person again for the duration of the next few hours. All of the information they needed about her care was supplied by the devices she was hooked up to, and was logged into a computerized record.
How would it feel to gather your most important belongings, pack them into a duffel bag or two and set out, possibly on foot, to a completely unfamiliar place, perhaps even in another country. When you arrived to wherever it was you were going, you might find yourself in a stifling, tent city filled with hundreds or thousands of other strangers and the stench of human waste and decay all around you. Maybe --if you are fortunate--you have access to meager supplies of basic food and limited water (possibly not very clean), but no electricity and scant medical care at best. You might find yourself sleeping out in the open air, exposed to the elements, with bugs and other dangers. If you are lucky, you might have a blanket or mat to sleep on.