As I look at the pictures in Africa, I laugh. Why? Because since the time those pictures were taken, God answered one of the desires of my heart. I lost almost 75pounds! Now that's another of my miracles.
You see, I didn't try to loose it. Its been a desire to be back to pre-children weight. When I got pregnant with my first child I weighed 115 pounds and was about 5'7". During pregnancy I got toxemia and ballooned to 200 pounds of water. Waddling into the hospital, or should I say sloshing into the hospital, and came out wearing my size 10 clothes again. Whew! I believe some of you are remembering or going through those days (smile). Here comes the second one, up we go again, sloshing into the hospital six weeks before schedule, water had broke two days previously. Silly doctor said you have two more months, go home, that night my second daughter came into the world. Eight years later, here comes daughter number 3, she just refused to come. Two weeks after her due date, caesarean delivery. Woke up thinking I must have died and in heaven, the lights where I was were so bright, and nuns in white habits standing over me. Two years later, at last the baby boy that daddy had wanted. Dad and the doctor sat at the end of my bed watching football of all things, while I was in labor without any medication because they were afraid that I might have internal bleeding. What's the point to my story?
Looking at the pictures, especially of my walking on the red mud after a very heavy rain, I am reminded of what the journey to stay on the road to the presence of God is like. Coming to salvation we know we're going to go through something, but not sure what it will feel or look like. We might have a hint of expectation through the testimony of others, but we're individual and nothing is the same for me--right?!!
The ups and downs of weight gains and loses are a lot like our walk and talk of faith; hindrances like my toxemia that could make us spontaneously abort the precious seeds that are starting to mature. Our mind might be trying to say something like I just don't want to agree with what my heart is saying. Those are the hints of spontaneous abortion. Then we get back on the correct diet to ensure success of a healthy and easier labor. For the faith walk, that's the Bible daily, prayer, and trust in God.
Father, I thank you for demonstration of your Word to me, for the lose of weight dramatically because of lifestyle changes. Let it be a teaching season for those who need a change in weighty matters of the heart. In Jesus' name. Amen
Be blessed today, God will give you the desires of your heart and oh, so much more.