I am on a journey. And, this journey has no end. No, it’s a not a “weight loss journey” although when I started that’s probably what I would have called it. Because you know what, I don’t even have a scale in my house. It’s not about the numbers. I am not going to let a number on a cheap scale (or the expensive ones at the doctor’s office for that matter) define who I am.
This is a journey in discovering what I was “Made to Crave.”
I am not where I need to be just yet (I am only 5 weeks in) but I have gotten to a breakthrough point. A point where I can tell you about what is going on inside. Yesterday as I was reading my “Made to Crave” book, I came upon this question:
“What if this battle with food isn’t the curse we’ve always thought it to be?”
Double take. “What if this battle with food isn’t the curse we’ve always thought it to be?” (emphasis mine) Wait, huh? Uh, yes of course I’ve always thought it was curse. I have been cursing my innate desire for chocolate cheesecake for a long time now.
How many times have I gotten caught up in the “It’s not fair” lie? I may think to myself, its not fair that I just LOOK at a piece of chocolate cheesecake and gain 5 pounds, while skinny little so-and-so over there can eat all she wants and never gain a pound. I may say, its not fair that I have to work SO hard to lose weight (and then KEEP on working hard to keep it off!). But you know what, that skinny person has her own battles that I know nothing about, I just don’t even know what its like for her.
God made me the way that I am for a reason. He created me so that I would experience the consequences of bad food choices, so that I would continually be drawn back into HIS arms. God wants me to go to Him for emotional healing and comfort. And if I go to food for that, and never gain an ounce, well then, what would I need God for? There had to be a consequence for me always running to food, otherwise I would have never learned the lesson; I would have never made the decision to run to God when I am at my lowest points.
In thinking about this, I had two songs that came to mind. The first was “Blessings” by Laura Story:
What if our greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life, is the revealing of a greater thirst, this world can’t satisfy.
We as humans were designed to have an innate craving. Different people crave different things. I crave food. But others may crave alcohol. Or shopping. Or sex. Whatever. But nothing in this world will satisfy us the way that God will! Let me tell you, I have many “achings of this life.” That brings me back to that question. What if this battle with food isn’t the curse I’ve always thought it was? Maybe, it’s “the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy.”
Then, during prayer time this morning at the Developing Youth Leaders conference I am attending, another song came to me.
Hungry, I come to you for I know you satisfy. I am empty but I know your love does not run dry. So I wait, for You. So I wait for You. I’m falling on my knees, offering all of me. Jesus you’re all this heart is living for.
I call that a “God thing.” He put that song in my head. And it all sort of came together for me. When I am “hungry,” I have been running to food, but I’m not hungry for food, my soul is hungry for something else. Oh, how many times have I ran to food when really I needed something else. Feeling sad? Chocolate. Feeling bored? Chips and dip. Feeling frustrated with circumstances beyond my control? Big greasy cheeseburger. But each and every time, I should have gone to God.
In the past 5 weeks, I am proud to say that I have not ran to food because of an emotion. I have prayed to God or started reading scripture. Now, I’m human. I make mistakes. I fail. I don’t expect that I am 100%, every single time going to remember to turn to God instead of food, but I have made a huge step in this journey. I have discovered the problem and am getting to the root of it.
Jesus you’re all this heart is living for.