Monday, July 6, 2009
Dogbane and Starvation
Monarch caterpillars need milkweed. The only plant they can eat and grow into healthy Monarch butterflies is milkweed.
There is one plant that resembles milkweed so much that people will cut it to feed to the caterpillars they are raising indoors. That plant is dogbane. The result is starvation. The caterpillars simply will not eat it.
In these photos, the plant on the left if dogbane; resembles milkweed but Monarch caterpillars will not eat it. It takes an experienced eye or an person who has learned in one manner or another to tell the two apart.
Many people have starved their caterpillars to death by giving them dogbane, thinking that they were giving them milkweed.
It started me wondering. Have I 'starved' myself by not feeding on the spiritual equivalent of a Monarch caterpillar's milkweed?
What should I feed upon? Have I left something out?
After going through surgery last week with instructions not to ride in a car for a certain amount of time, I wasn't able to go to church Sunday. Without mentioning it to me beforehand, my husband brought home communion for me. He did this years ago when I was unable to go to church back then for a few weeks.
No, I wouldn't have starved without it but I would have been a bit 'nutritionally' or 'spiritually deficient'.
How wonderful it is to have someone else make sure that I have what I need to eat. With the opportunity to take communion, it would be a serious issue for me and to me if I didn't. I'm thankful for Stephen for making sure I have communion while I can't attend church and partake of communion there.
I thank God for my husband. Tomorrow is our 36th anniversary!
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.