Cabin Fever Perspective

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Most of us around the world are under some kind of quarantine right now due to Coronavirus.  As someone with a chronic illness, it has been very interesting to see how healthy people are dealing with cabin fever and unemployment.  As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease on January 6th, 2012.  I have been fighting this disease and have been medically unemployed for 8 years now.  Unless you have lived it, you cannot imagine the pain and mental and emotional stress this disease has caused in my life and the lives of my wife and kids.  I have compassion on what we are all going through, but please know that a 15 day quarantine is nothing compared to what disabled and chronically ill people go through every day.

I am not saying that to make anyone feel guilty, but rather give you some perspective on the current state of so many people freaking out about being quarantined and not working for 15 days here in America.  Folks, it’s been 8 years for me!  Think about it from my perspective.  I see videos on Twitter of people losing it from cabin fever or freaking out about being out of work for a few days and I just pray everyone calms down.

Yes, Coronavirus has flipped our lives upside down.  Now you have a glimpse of what it’s like to be diagnosed with a life changing chronic illness.  I think of my friend Bill Sweeney and all he has suffered with ALS for the last 23 years.  I think of his wife and kids and how it changed their lives.  I also think of Bill’s passion and devotion to Jesus and it gives me strength!  He and his family have suffered terribly, but they press on in Christ and they are a powerful example of faithfulness to us all.

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

We must press on!  My suffering taught me to cling to the Lord and lean on Him for everything.  The first year of the disease, I could barely walk and I could only eat a few bites of rice and drink water.  I was laid out on the couch in severe pain all day and I did not leave the house for months.  I was forcibly quarantined by Celiac Disease.  It took my job, my money, my health insurance, my youth, my energy, and the beautiful healthy life I once enjoyed.  But it did not kill my spirit or my faith in Jesus and I never gave up!

Take this time of quarantine to love your family, reflect on life, and deepen your relationship with the Lord.  When everything gets stripped away and we are forced to stop and contemplate our lives, we must turn to God for strength.  Celiac almost killed me and I suffered to the point where I felt the eternal truth that I am just dust and breath.  I was laid out in the dust of the earth with my soul laid bare before God crying out in pain day and night for many years.  It didn’t start getting better to the point where I could truly function again until 2018.  That is when I published my book, started this blog, and started using Twitter.  The last couple years have been a lot better, but I still suffer and fight the disease every day.  I’m still stuck in my house and still unemployed too.

Losing your ability to earn income due to a disease is extremely stressful.  Many people are being laid off during this time of quarantine and many of those people won’t get their jobs back.  I am praying everyone can get back to work.  Please be thankful that you are healthy and you can find another job.  I can’t and haven’t been able to since 1-6-2012.  I can’t work full time anymore, people won’t hire me because of my chronic illness, and I can’t even get disability because our state doesn’t do that for people with Celiac.  Guess having a damaged small intestine and suffering Cachexia and blood sugar issues from being 30 pounds underweight doesn’t count.  Guess all the taxes I paid from all my hard work doesn’t count either.  Forget them, I don’t need the government.  God has provided for all of our needs and He has never let us down!

I have compassion on what all of us are going through and I understand cabin fever and unemployment better than most.  My wife and kids are doing online school from home now, but usually I am isolated by myself in this house all day and it’s been that way for the last 8 years.  I am never truly alone because Jesus is always with me, but sometimes it gets to me.  I can deal with the cabin fever, but it is very discouraging not being able to provide financially for my family.  That, I haven’t been able to deal with so well.  God has and always will provide and He has proven that to me, so I encourage all of you to trust in God.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19

Keep fighting and don’t give up!  Once the quarantine is over, the economy is going to rebound strong!  All those employers are going to need employees and many of you will be re-hired by your old jobs.  Take this time to polish up your resume and start sending it out now.  Make the most of this opportunity!  When do we ever get a chance to just stop and slow down?  Use this time wisely to make moves for your family and get ready for the next economic boom!

We already have good news about Hydroxychloroquine and the Z-pack (Azithromycin) curing people of Coronavirus and that good news is getting out despite the mainstream media lies about it.  The guy in Arizona who died did not take medically prescribed hydroxychloroquine.  He ingested fish tank cleaner that had chloroquine phosphate in it.  That is obviously not the same thing and what he ingested was clearly not for human consumption.  The mainstream media are liars and they spread deep state propaganda to sow fear, panic, chaos, and racial division 24/7 365 days per year with CNN and MSNBC leading the way.  The truth is, a doctor in New York City cured 350 people from Coronavirus using the hydroxychloroquine and Z-pack treatment with no complications and a 100% success rate.  If I could buy stock, I would invest in the companies making both drugs right now!

Trump also just signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law today, which will give $1,200 to each adult plus $500 per child.  That will help us a little bit, but I must say I am actually pretty mad about the 2 trillion dollar bill because they let Pelosi fill it with every piece of traitorous socialist pork she wanted.  She even gave $25 million dollars to herself and the House to split between them for “additional salaries and expenses.”  There are 435 voting members in the House and 6 non-voting members, so that comes to a bonus of $56,689.34 for each member to get through the Coronavirus quarantine.  Because Coronavirus has been so hard on House members that they need to pocket a bonus that is more than most of us make in a year, right?!  Riiiiight!  Bunch of greedy traitors!

She also gave $25 million to the Kennedy Center and millions more to PBS, NPR, socialist green new deal agendas, and voter fraud; none of which has anything to do with Coronavirus.  Pelosi and the dems used the bill as their personal wish list and they stole hundreds of millions of dollars from us.  I am thankful for the $3,400 our family will get from the relief bill, but that is really not much in our Federal Reserve controlled economy and it won’t last long.  Our bills are over $5,000 per month!  Our gluten free food and daily supplies cost $2,000 per month!  The greed in Congress is so shameful!  Can you imagine what each family could do with $56,689.34?  That would change our lives!  To our greedy members of Congress it’s just another Cadillac or expensive vacation.

It’s just the same old political swamp using the same old tactics to steal from us while enriching themselves.  McConnell and the Senate allowed Pelosi to hold them hostage and delay the bill for four days, then they just gave in to her demands.  Shameful.  I don’t know how they live with themselves pocketing over $50,000 off of Coronavirus.  They throw us crumbs of $1,200 per adult knowing that $1,200 is not going to be enough in our economy that is dominated by the Fed’s high taxes and inflation, then they congratulate themselves for “helping” us, and shower themselves with money and special privileges.  They fancy themselves to be rulers over the peasants and they have long forgotten that they work for us and that is our money!  Wish I could be Robin Hood right now!

But I digress.  It is positive that we are getting some relief, the quarantine is almost over, and the markets like that.  We will all be back in the rat race soon enough looking back on this time as a memory.  Don’t spend it worrying or going cabin fever crazy.  Pray for the Lord to stop the virus, pray for those who are sick to be healed, keep moving forward, rest in the Lord, and never give up!  As one who survived many years of dark days, I can tell you that God is still in control, He still loves us, and we will see better days again.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Grace and peace to you all!

Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2020 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

40 thoughts on “Cabin Fever Perspective”

  1. Inspiring post, Ryan. I love this part: “When everything gets stripped away and we are forced to stop and contemplate our lives, we must turn to God for strength.”

    I work with more than thirty people and I can see that almost all of them, if not all, lack the confident hope that we believers have in the Lord. We experience a peace others know nothing of, no matter how much they work out, meditate or seek other worldly outlets for their hopelessness. It’s a dark world for those who rely on this world to “save” them. And these are perfect times for the Lord to reveal himself to a lot of these hopeless people.

    The Lord has raised you to preach his gospel and provide for your family in spiritual ways. I wish there were more providers like you in the world. I have had so many sad experiences with men who are significant financial providers, but who are spiritually dead.

    At the same time I pray that the Lord blesses you with the right opportunity to do his will and provide for your family in the ways that you hope for. May he complete you with his love, strengthen your faith and lead you in the right direction.

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  2. Thank you for this awesome post Ryan……….so many things you wrote about living with chronic illness, I have always wanted to write and just couldn’t figure out how to do it! God bless you!

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  3. This certainly is a time to think of what is really important to us, to make this time with our loved ones really count. I feel after this is over we won’t take our visits of family and friends for granted ever again. I do pray, as we all do, that this virus ends very soon. I think a prolonged uncertainty in our life does naturally cause us anxiety at times, the uncertainty and the feeling of not being in control, but it is in times like this, that I cling to Jesus and pray to Him for comfort and strength to get me through. I pray to God Almighty and I ask for help and for others, and give God praise because I know in my heart that He is in control and has us always. I pray your prayer, Ryan, Amen! Thank you for your encouraging messages! You have inspired me over the years, thousands of times, Ryan, with your love for Jesus, and your strong faith, and your praises for God as you walk with Him. God bless, Ry!
    Love, Mom

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  4. Love all aspects of this post Ryan!! I actually learned quite a few new things through this…love Lydia’s comment above about feeling stupid too haha I can relate because I wasn’t aware of some of what you shared! Thanks again for being so bold with your thoughts and words! You are glorifying God through this! 🙏 stay safe, been thinking a lot about you and some others with your immune disorders🙏

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      1. Sounds great! I can’t have coffee anymore due to Celiac, but we’ll figure something out.😊 Looking forward to it & I pray the Lord sets up a time and blesses it!

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      2. Perfect! Either day would work great! I am home every day. Sundays are always chill. Hopefully this will all be over soon. I’ve been praying hard for the Lord to stop the virus and bring healing.

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      3. Cool! Yeah, the Springs is about an hour from here. My email is on my contact page. Hit me up there and I can send you my address, so you can map it. Could have you and your wife over for a meal of hearty bison burgers on the grill or bison stew. My wife and kids would love that too.

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  5. So super blessed with your authenticity…. you have a powerful story to share Brother Ryan …… and you have blessed us so powerfully. Thanks for sharing such a refreshingly profound perspective …. thanks for helping us look unto God ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏

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  6. most folks I know are going insane over not being able to work the past several weeks, due to not being able to pay for their rent and buy groceries for their families

    I believe this time may be God’s way of keeping our families closely together, and for many of us to finally be still to hear His voice

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