The tendency of a system, especially the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus that would tend to disturb its normal condition or function.
In entomology- the ability of members of a colony of social insects to behave cooperatively to produce a desired result, as when bees coordinate the fanning of their wings to cool the hive.
As I was thinking about today’s reflection, I had decided to write about homeostasis. That, in my simple definition, is a way to return to some balance to feel secure once again after disruptive life events. Nature tends to do that- find a way to restore a balance of some type, some type of predictability so that we do not live in fear and uncertainty.
Then as I went to dictionary.com to look up the official definition of homeostasis, I saw that there were definitions for several systems. I saw the one for entomology, and it struck me that insects will instinctively, at least social insects, go to extraordinary lengths to restore the colony, or the hive, to restore health or to repel invaders. I described one of those activities above.
I marvel at creation even at the lowest levels. Somehow, they have been wired to act cooperatively for the good of the entire social order.
Our bodies find ways to compensate for functions that have been lost, such as in certain brain injuries where other parts of the brain take over, after time, some functions that have been lost by injury or disease.
We are now trying, post-COVID (more or less) as all the pundits are saying, to “find a new normal.”
We have great need for homeostasis right now. We need a sense of internal stability to feel safe and secure.
Before Jesus went to the cross, he said to his disciples, Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.
We need to take heart from the great teachers of the world- Jesus, who came to redeem a broken world, and the lowest of creatures such as bees, who work together for the common good of their environment.
Prayer: Thank you Father for the examples all around us of restoration. Thank you for your son, who restores our soul, Amen.