Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thank God for an Overeating Compulsion

“Always giving thanks to God, the Father, for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20 NIV.”

Everything? Really, God. Think of all the terrible things that come in our lives.

A stroke victim, who is a dear friend, worries every day over simple movements. I ask her “Are you angry with God?” Her answer was “Why would I be angry with God when He saved my life, helped me walk and sent me a husband who stayed by my side?” I wonder if I would be as gracious.

In my own pit of depression, I cried out “Why did I have to be cursed with an inability to control food?” I believed life was unfair. Even today, after God has healed my emotional imbalance and helped me lose a lot of weight, I often fight compulsions to binge.

Yet, through this journey to healing, my compassion for the lost and the addicted grew. God sometimes used me to encourage others with all kinds of addictions. I experienced God's love through facing trials with His victory. Would this have happened if the curse of compulsive overeating had not burdened my life?

God desires what’s best for His children. We must trust this even when our minds see only negative. God wants us to be thankful in everything, even the plague of compulsion.

Thank you, Lord, for the journey. Help be face those ahead without the griping and complaining.