“For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20 HCSB)
In my household, we deal with food allergies. Mostly with my oldest son. We learned he should not eat wheat, dairy, soybean, and peanut. That pretty much eliminates a lot of things. It was a challenge at first to find things he could eat. I remember pushing the buggy through the supermarket when he was 9 picking up things he liked to eat and putting them back on the shelf because it had ingredients he couldn’t have anymore. After a point, he was almost in tears and said, “What can I have?” My heart broke a little.
We have come a long way from then. He still eats that way, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at him. I think it’s because he eats as much as he can of the things he can have.
In the beginning, I told him I would eat like him because I wanted to support him. But, I couldn’t stick to the diet. I am proud of him for sticking to it, but I failed. Yet, as I put on weight, and attempted to lose weight over and over, I keep thinking I really need to eat what he eats. I looked up a lot of stuff but eventually,
I came to think about a story found in the Bible of a woman in Matthew 9:20-22. Her story is also told in Mark 5:24-34.
Just then, a woman who had suffered from bleeding for 12 years approached from behind and touched the tassel on His robe, for she said to herself, “If I can just touch His robe, I’ll be made well!”
But Jesus turned and saw her. “Have courage, daughter,” He said. “Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that moment. (Matthew 9:20-22 HCSB)
So Jesus went with him, and a large crowd was following and pressing against Him. A woman suffering from bleeding for 12 years had endured much under many doctors. She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. Having heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His robe. For she said, “If I can just touch His robes, I’ll be made well!” Instantly her flow of blood ceased, and she sensed in her body that she was cured of her affliction.
At once Jesus realized in Himself that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My robes?”
His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing against You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
So He was looking around to see who had done this. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came with fear and trembling, fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth. “Daughter,” He said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be free from your affliction.” (Mark 5:24-34 HCSB)
When I thought about these verses, I was thinking I wish Jesus was around now so I could reach out and touch Him and be healed of this constant struggle to lose weight. Then it hit me; as Christians, we have the power to move a mountain if we just have faith. I realized I have the strength to lose weight if I asked for God’s help. I was finally able to go gluten and dairy free like my son, and lose weight.
Whatever you struggle with, if you have the faith, God can help you if it’s His will. If it’s His will He can help you. I cannot stress that enough. If it’s His will.
I haven’t lost all the weight I want but I am smaller and healthier. Maybe there is something else going on within my body that I’m not aware of, but I have faith that God will show me in His time.
Lord, thank you for the weight I have lost. Help me to get back into the groove of losing weight again. Show me what is slowing me down. I ask for you will in everything.