Pythons and Parents and Hibernating Parts

a drawing of a Burmese Python

Good Morning, God!

For several days an amazing fact about snakes has been bouncing around in my mind. I learned that Snakes can go without food from six months to two years and still continue to grow.

Extreme energy efficiency is what makes this possible. They are able “to reduce the size and function of vital organs, including the heart, stomach liver and kidneys, while fasting.”

Ah, that is remarkable, God! But, after they eat, they have to ramp up all those organs to speed — quickly! That seems even more amazing. We humans have to transition from starving to regular eating rather slowly.

Still, I couldn’t imagine WHY it was stuck in my mind. Then I remembered the time our youngest daughter made her first trip home after college. I had stopped on the way home at a market and she got bored and was going to rest on a park bench across the street. Somehow it came out that I didn’t want her to cross the street. BLUSH!

But as I told her, my Mother Bear Part had been hibernating. It had just awakened. Was she ONE? Or TWENTY-ONE? Mother Bears are NOT good with numbers! [Click here for the story.]

So, now I see the connection between snakes conserving energy by reducing their vital organs and me saving energy by reducing my Mommy Bear Part. As the story shows, REACTIVATING can be tricky. Sigh. This is made more complicated because our “children” are also independent adults. When I go to visit them, that seems very clear.

Ah, but when they return to the family home — there are thousands of very old parent-child patterns hovering out-of-sight — and sometimes the wrong one pops up. Yikes! THAT causes problems! So, please, God, this Advent Season, help us to see Our Offspring as Your Children . . . and remember that we are Your Children, too. All of us, God, are Children.

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