I’ve often wondered why people are so harsh in their reference to the Israelites in the story of the exodus and desert wanderings. Is it really hard to understand their grumblings (Exodus 16) when we consider the wondrous, miraculous things that God did to free them from the clutches of the Egyptians, only to plunk them in the heat of the desert with humble provisions for all those years?
I cherish their story. I can relate to their story. It is a constant reminder for me to not be focused on the deliverance but rather be focused on the Deliverer!
I’m sure the Israelites expected bigger and better things than a bare bone, nomadic desert existence. They had seen some amazing things (Exodus 4-11) and while they were focused on the miracles they missed the Miracle Worker.
My deliverance from food echoes their story in the sense that I initially thought that I would be dramatic thinner if I had food under control.
Let me be very up front and say that goal number ten is still a work in progress (see Tuesday January 12, 2016 post). I’ve lost ten of those thirty pounds so far.
Like the Israelites, I thought my deliverance would look different.
Dare I say, I thought it would look outwardly more impressive?
Several months ago a friend of mine had asked for prayers in her struggle with a newly diagnosed disease. Totally unfamiliar with her condition, I set out to do some research on the web. I wanted to know how best to pray for her. As I was researching health and wellness resources, I had discovered that the rheumatoid arthritis that I was beginning to struggle with was largely affected by certain foods.
Desperate for relief that didn’t come from a bottle of pain relievers, I started tweaking my diet.
By tweaking I mean, eliminating wheat, sugar, and coffee.
Yes, I said…wheat, sugar, and coffee.
Yes, it was HORRIBLE to be around me for three days!
But, the funny thing is that not only did my arthritis begin to feel better, I found it easier to resist bingeing on sweets when this inflammation trifecta was removed from my daily diet. It turns out that nutritionists are beginning to suspect that these foods trigger something in our brains, something that increases our appetite, especially for sugar.
Even more important than changing my diet was the HUGE change that was made in my spiritual journey, by the grace of God.
I left the teachings of the “religious diet program” and joined a Christ centered, truly Biblically based church with strong fellowship and loving accountability.
No more back-sliding.
For the past six months it has felt like God has actually accelerated the growth in our relationship to make up for lost time.
The combination of setting things right physically (inflammation diet) and spiritually (right teaching, fellowship, Bible reading and prayer) has brought me into a place where I can be surrounded by sweets and not binge. A place where I truly mean “no thank you” when I say it.
Some days I look at the kids’ cookie jar on the counter and sing out loudly, I’M FREE!
A year ago I would have thought that thinness would have come with that freedom. But, it didn’t. Much like I’m sure the Israelites thought that a life of luxury would have come with their exodus from Egypt.
They were free.
They were no longer slaves.
But, they took their eyes off the Deliverer and became very unsatisfied.
I pray that I learn from their story. May we all learn from their story.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Have you ever struggled with disordered eating?
Have you experienced deliverance?
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