Several years ago, God spoke in my heart and told me to do 2 things:
1) Eat His food
2) Drink water.
Several years later, I still have not fully obeyed and weight continues to pile on. Each year a few more pounds, and even further from my ideal weight goal. Each year I fear what R.A. or my kidneys might decide to do, with one more year of not following the rules.
I have no issues with eating God's food. We grow, raise, hunt and fish most of our own food. It's amazing and we do really good at it. I'm not so good at drinking the amazing, pure, clean water that comes out of our well and I'm even worse at eliminating the sugar out of my coffee.
Let's be honest. It's not that I can't. It's that I won't.
God always places beautiful life illustrations in my life that are helpful for me to understand His place in my life.
For instance...if you replace the "sugar" in my coffee with "sin", you will get a God Moment or a life lesson.
You see, often in life, we have a tendency in our Christian walk, to use excuses that we are "weak" and our "flesh" causes us to do things and "we are just human" and "we can't be perfect" and on and on and on, to provide excuses, Godly excuses, we call them, as to why we continue to act in sinful manners. Now I'm not talking about the fact that we are all born with sin...I'm talking about continually doing something we were specifically convicted by the Holy Spirit are wrong, yet, we continue to do them with the excuse that we are too weak to do what we are called to do. We must have forgotten that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Next, I can't help but parallel the answer God provided to me when I prayed about my weight gain, to what Jesus spoke about eternal life. (Eat His food and Drink water.)
53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
Further, I can't help but recognize, how I do some of God's work very well, and yet, I still make excuses for the things in my life which I know are wrong. Just like I do well eating God's food, but not so well with drinking water, and continually adding that sugar to my coffee.
Finally, I can't help but think about my eternity...and how much it means to me. Heaven is most definitely in my forefront, Jesus is most certainly my center, yet, willful sin is still very much in my heart, and I can't help but wonder what could happen if I continue to willfully make excuses for that comfortable sugar to stay in my coffee, or that comfortable sin to remain in my life. Have I calloused my heart just a little more, moving further from God's truth? Then if trouble or weight gain comes...do I blame God for allowing it to happen...even though he told me several years ago to let it go?