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.


Moonine Sue Watson said...

It is hard to be grateful for bad times in our lives, but I agree that hard times survived gives us compassion for others who are suffering through a difficult time. Being a breast cancer survivor has given me many other opportunities to encourage people who have received the dreaded diagnosis of cancer. Meeting a survivor gives them hope that they, too, can come out on the other side to live a fruitful life.

On a lighter side, I guess having a piece of pumpkin spice cake wasn't the best choice this morning.

Vivian Zabel said...

Being thankful in all things is very difficult, but I keep trying, with God's help, to do so.

I'm a stress eater, and my struggle is indeed how to be thankful. My need is to trust God to help me.


Unknown said...

Oh, wow, Sue, yes, being a cancer survivor is a big encouragemnt to others. Thanks for sharing. I'm with you, Vivian, stress eating, eating from boredom, eating because I'm happy. Yes, God has to help & sure has to help me be thankful for it.

Zequeatta Jaques said...

Enjoyed your post, Janet. Sometimes it is hard to understand why things happen. But if we always had an easy path where would our compassion for others come from? I believe it is the ups and downs in our lifes journey that allow us to grow as human beings.

Amanda Stephan said...

I've never thought about things that way. Yes, I'm thankful for he difficult times in my life - but it's so much easier when it's in the past. Present problems aren't so easy to be thankful for. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful and grateful for what He's given - as well as remember that if He brought me to it, He'll bring me thru it!

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comments, Zequetta & Amanda for adding your comments. I love reading other people's thoughts. Yes, Zequetta, I do believe the troubles we face gives us more compassion which we need. Also, I agree with Amanda. It sure is easier to thank God for something in the past than when we're going through it.

Unknown said...

I recently sold a story to Live for next year's Thanksgiving issue. It's titled "An Attitude of Gratitude." I believe that's what God wants us to have all the time even through the rough patches.