The last week of the month of May, my family and I were facing serious problems, emotional, physical, material, economic and of course, spiritual.
My younger sister fainted in the bathroom during Sunday School. One of the receptionists found her and then other brothers and sisters joined in the task of helping her. Interestingly, this is not the situation that startled us at home, because this physical problem we have faced it since she was 13 years old and somehow (not a very good one I must say) we are already used to.attacked by a moderate to intense headache that did not stop (despite being taking a daily iron supplement to fight anemia). Her response every time we asked her about how she was or how she felt was: "I'm fine."
In the course of the following days, we noticed her emaciated, tired and weak,
Certainly, she was not. Those days her blood pressure was at 90/60 and it even dropped further to settle at 80/50. But she kept going to work at 6:30 a.m. and returning at 9 p.m.
The alarms went on Friday at 6 am when while I was praying and she prepared herself, as usual, to go to work, she notified us with a trembling voice and a frightened face that she felt half of her face numb.
We immediately got up from our place and went with her to the nearest health center. She had to receive her payment that day or the next but without receiving a notification, we launched ourselves into the hands of God with the few coins we had in our pockets.
In that first assistance center, they could not do anything for her. They limited themselves to sending her to the General Hospital of the city because it was the one that had the equipment to attend her in her particular case.
Thank God, the brothers who helped her during her fainting were the same ones who took her to the hospital and stayed with her throughout the process.
After being treated, evaluated and examined, the medical diagnosis was: Stress.
Stress is one of the deadliest diseases of the 21st century. It begins as an emotional condition that unbalances the nerves, increases anxiety and translates to the rest of the body in different types of reactions, some more adverse than others, and in some cases may cause the death of the person.
As a result of this situation, I sought consolation in the Word of God and found this biblical passage in the book of Luke chapter 10 verses 38 - 42. In this passage we find the Lord Jesus visiting the house of 2 sisters: Marta and Maria.
Upon entering, he began to speak but the Scripture says that one of them (Martha) "was concerned with many chores, and approaching, said: Lord, do not you care that my sister let me serve alone?" In other words, she bothered that Jesus not to call the attention of Mary, who says the text sat at his feet to hear his word instead of continuing with the work.
Jesus' response to this case was interesting. He said: "Marta, Marta, busy and upset you are with many things. But only one thing is necessary; and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her. "
Let's see this in a more modern context. Marta represents people like my sister and like other millions of stressed beings in this world. Busy people with many occupations and troubled by many worries.
While it is true, the term stress was not used in the time of Jesus, the disease as such already existed and Marta was a faithful reflection of it.
Maria, on the other hand, represents the person who still has duties to fulfill, tasks to accomplish, goals to achieve, but took the time to stop the anxiety and eagerness and provide nutrients to her mind and soul, which like Martha's they must be saturated, but when they come to the feet of Christ, they chose to discharge those worries and anxieties to recharge batteries with something 100% positive.
No person is immune to the effects of stress. From losing hair and eating nails to suffer heart attacks or strokes, stress is the order of the day to inflict all kinds of damage to human beings.
Jesus taught in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verse 34: "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its eagerness. Sufficient for each day its own evil"
Certainly, eagerness and anxiety are two evils that unequivocally assail us on a daily basis. Now imagine for a moment that without coming to the feet of Christ to download them, let's say a week, then you will have accumulated the tension of these evils for 7 days, but you think to yourself that you do not need to stop, that you cannot stop and that as my sister you say: "I'm fine", you can still continue, then get ready because the size of your stress will be the blow that your body will receive.
Choose to stop to release the pressure, feed your spirit, clear your mind, heal your wounds and only then you can move forward.
It is not about abandoning your responsibilities, leaves the job thrown away or become yourself in a full-time loafer. No way.
What it is about is that like Maria, you choose the good part. The part where you put a brake on that incessant train of life that you carry on and begin to give more importance to what is going to leave you with something more than a material prize. What it will leave you with mental and spiritual peace.
It may seem simple and even ridiculous but being able to go to sleep every night without worries and waking up in the same way, is a blessing that will benefit you and everyone around you.