Yesterday, one of my little girls asked me when I got married. I realized that I was the exact age that Tyler Ann is now. I got married one week after my 20th birthday. It was a beautiful winter wedding.
My mother told me I was the most beautiful bride ever.
Maybe I was, but one of the things I remember about that day is that I was a very tiny little girl. I was five foot 3 inches tall and I weighed 103 pounds on a good day. The year before my wedding, I had been very sickly. In fact, most of my childhood I had various health issues.
But today, I want to talk about my health now, not then. You see I weigh 183 pounds now. Yes, I just told you how much I weigh. If you know me at all then you know, I care very little about my weight or other peoples weight. I do not agree that we are in a crisis of obesity in America. We are in a health crisis in America and some people weigh more or less because of the affects of this crisis, but OBESITY itself is NOT the crisis. The crisis is SIN. No, I am not saying that people are fat because of sin. People are fat, short, tall, skinny because God likes variety. Sin affects this world and it affects the people, the food, the medicine, and so much more. The affects of sin have been passed down generation to generation. In our DNA, in our lifestyles, in our teaching, and so on.
So, what does all this have to do with me and my health? Well, recently, I have had several people lovingly tell me that I look like I am losing weight. I know that in love they are saying that they think I am looking healthier. The truth is I have not lost weight, but I am healthier than I have been in a long time. Why? What changed?
Well, let me start by telling you a little about my health condition. I had many diagnosis’s with many different illnesses in my life. When I was little I had a lot of allergies and ear infections and a lot of delays in school. By the time I was in junior high, I was passing out in school, struggling with anemia, hyperglycemia, and hormone imbalance. By the time I was twelve, doctors tried to convince my mom many times to put me on birth control and antidepressant. My mom did not feel comfortable with that and chose to teach me to eat more often and sent me to a counselor. I then was diagnosised with manic depressive disorder and hyper active tendencies. Today, we call that bipolar disorder and ADHD. Through out my teen years, I continued to be sickly and under weight. I continued to struggle with mood swings and anxiety. My senior year of high school, I was so sick I missed half the year of school.
But, it was the following winter, when Jeremy and I got married. Like I said it was beautiful day. I was a skinny, pale little woman, but so very happy and excited. From that day to this, I continue to struggle in my health. Doctors adding their own diagnosis year after year. With each new doctor I realized that there is only one great physician, all the doctors in the world are just people. They do not have all the answers. They are just trying to care for people the best they can with the knowledge they have. I began studying and researching for myself. I actually enjoyed the research for myself and my family members. Looking at symptoms, diets, lifestyles, and more. I then began looking at God’s Word for anything it might have to teach me about health and healthy living.
So, now I am over 40 years old and I have tried lots of diets, treatments, medications, and more to find optimum health and I can tell you one thing for sure. There is only one answer to all of life’s problems. IT is the same answer since the beginning of time. That answer is Jesus (Yeshua). Yep. It is true.
Am I healed? IS there no more sin or death in this world? NO, there will remain sin, death, and sickness until Jesus returns and removes it once and for all. But there is a peace that passes all understanding, there is a hope beyond all hopes, there is a faith that moves mountains, and there is love greater than my comprehension. These are the gifts that Jesus (Yeshua) has given us as we walk in this fallen world. These are the things that sustain us and bring us through as we wait on His return.
What I have learned in my journey to better health is this….
There is no special diet that will cure all disease. There is no easy exercise that will make fat melt off your body and stay off. There is no magic pill. BUT there is a GOD who is sovereign, there is a Savior who brings peace (shalom), and I can trust Him.
The cure is this: believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and you will be saved, rest in His peace, let go of the stress and cares of this world, because He has overcome the world.
So, yes, I still have migraines on occasion, I still suffer from insomnia at times, but daily I can trust in Him. I can go back to Him and know that He is my God and He will return and restore all things to Himself.
Maybe your health journey is taking you down a road of pain and suffering right now. I want you to know that you can call out to God and He will see you through. He is a loving and compassionate God. There will be days that are difficult, but when those days come seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. He will lead you to answers and peace. Your answers may not be the same as mine, but trust Him to show you answers.
This post went in a totally different direction than I planned it but I hope it encourages someone. Shalom