Then, I happened over to a blog I've started following and read this:
Her story could be my own, except that I'm still trying to implement many of the changes she's already made. I'm so grateful for this blogging friend. She spurs me on.
So, in two ways today I am reminded of what the Lord said to me when I was at my lowest and conventional medicine was not helping.
Quite simply, He said: "eat well."
I am reminded that I must keep seeking, keep experimenting, keep refining my approach.
I am reminded how the most complicated of unknown places often has the most simple way of becoming clear.
The "real food" or "whole food" or "clean" eating movement is, ultimately, about decluttering. It's about ending up where we should have started from all along. It's about cleaning out the pantry of our motives - all those impetuses that move us forward - until what's left is pure, white, clean. It's about laying down what we want or crave and picking up what we need. It's about letting go of entitlement and instead choosing holy desire, which is where real fulfillment takes place.
Once we've changed what drives us we'll change what we want. And then, we can begin filling up those pantry shelves with real, life-sustaining food that will lead us to honor God not only with our lips, but with our bodies as well.
This is easier said than done. It is, most definitely, a process. A year and a half after that word - "eat well" - I'm not even close to being fully obedient.
But I'm trying. I'm engaging. And I'm so, so thankful He has called me here.
My prayer for you is that you don't have to face a health crisis to start making changes that will move you toward greater health. My prayer for you is that you will experience conviction without crisis. My prayer for you is for wholeness and integration in all areas of your life - the physical and metaphysical.
No matter how you get there, my prayer is that you - and we, all of us in this nation, actually - do get there...that we arrive at the conclusion that we cannot keep poisoning ourselves with food that is actually non-food...that we will, as a nation, shift toward local, sustainable, whole, not because it's trendy but because it's Godly.
That we will collectively choose what we actually hunger for and make a daily effort to "eat well."