During the Covid pandemic, I have spoken to several people who've said how important it has been for them to have a good routine while confined at home. What caught my attention was the many times people mentioned movement and healthy eating as part of their 'Good Life Routine.' It got me thinking about this season of pandemic, in contrast to how we tend to relate to our bodies in what might be considered normal life (remember that?!).
You can pretty much guarantee that when people began hearing on the news about this mysterious virus that was making lots of people sick, one common response was to send up a prayer. Whether you would usually call yourself a believer or not, prayer is a common response when we feel afraid or not in control. I imagine people prayed to be kept well, they prayed for protection, perhaps they prayed for a strong immune system. They prayed for themselves and they prayed for those they care about. Some people may have prayed similar things for their neighbours, or their nations.
At times of uncertainty, we pay attention to things we take for granted under normal circumstances. Like God, and our bodies.
I've certainly had lots of experience of taking my body for granted! I've failed to feed it, failed to listen to its need for rest, failed to give it the medical attention or recovery time it needed. Similarly, I have lots of experience of assuming that God - and my life with God - has nothing, or very little, to do with my body. Sure, like many people I would pray when I got sick, but otherwise I didn't consider the state of my health to be something God was especially interested in. And I sure as hell didn't think that my being a Christian meant anything at all in regards to my body (apart from maybe not having sex before marriage). Surely Christianity's about spiritual stuff, right?!