I have before me an excellent article by a wise man, and it will help some folks very much, no doubt. But for me, not so much. It’s one of those 7 steps, 15 ways, change your life in 30 days kind of things. And it’s more than scripture-based. It is scriptures – a list of marvelous and beautiful scriptures for “Weight Loss and Health”.
And yet. I know and have often spoken these scriptures, and they have helped me time and again. But I know that this time the Holy Spirit is saying, in effect, “Forget the formula, and remember Jesus. He has a lot more on His mind, a lot better for you, than the plus or minus of pounds.”
“What might happen,” I muse, “If I really did seek Him first?” Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. ALL these things? Wouldn’t that include weight loss? Exercise? Health, vitality, energy, and strength?
What if I found, through communion with the One Who Knows, that there are higher things than the high number on my bathroom scales? Who knew?
And yet, it is important to me. I am programmed to focus on the belly fat, the lack of fitness, the dearth of plans carried through. The SHOULDS undone.
It just so happens, and not because of weight, that last I began a fast. And on Day Three I bought a new dress (I love Dillard’s in Cheyenne, Wyoming) for an event. It looked great, fit perfectly. One that day I ate a seared tuna salad, wanting to break my fast sensibly (this after having achieved the spiritual breakthrough, the answer I was seeking).
The next day, not hungry, but also not wanting to arrive at the gala starving and shaking, I ate an egg and toast and a salad. That’s it, except for lots of mineral water and lemon water and plain filtered water.
That evening, as I tried on my beautiful new dress, I looked as though I’d been poured into it. I wanted to rant: “How could I gain all that weight back?; What is wrong with me? I shouldn’t have eaten at all. Maybe I’ll just fast for the rest of my life!”
But I remembered my wise husband’s words from years ago, in response to such a lament, or something equally fruitless and unpleasant. “Why don’t you just forget about it.?”
And this morning I thought, “Why don’t you just forget about it, and remember Jesus?”
Can I do that? Can I stop with the fruitless and futile and go with the fun and fulfilling?
When He said that with Him all things are possible, did He really mean ALL things?
I think He did and I think I can (Philippians 4:13). I think when I stop focusing on the fat, I will be free to . . . to who knows what? What might open up when I close that door? All things? All sorts of things?
I might even be convinced John is telling the truth when he says I’m “hot” and that “real women have bellies.”
Oh, and by the way, I just happened to buy a second dress, which fit just fine, and was the PERFECT dress for the event. So, all is well and swell, and the next time I have a shindig to attend in my lovely electric blue dress, I’ll just fast and not break my fast until the actual event, and it will be a science experiment of sorts to see if a perfectly fitting dress can get too tight while being worn.: We know we can gain five pounds in two days of eating almost nothing, but can we gain five pounds during dinner?