As we prepare for a lifelong health journey, one of the greatest challenges is overcoming our thoughts and habits that seem to immediately transport us to the diet graveyard. Once there, we begin telling ourselves what we can and can’t eat, start gnawing unconsciously on carrots, throw prepackaged low calorie meals in our shopping cart and resign ourselves to the doldrums of the next round of RE-losing; already our spirit is weeping.
Living on a health journey, what I promised to accompany you on, is much different than dying on a diet. This journey is not something you get on and off of like a wagon.
Just recently my family and I spent a few days in the Redwoods in Northern California. It was a brilliant example of the path we face on a health and wellness journey.
The path is somewhat narrow, but has ample room for company and to maneuver comfortably. There are towering, insurmountable obstacles all around. There are so many new things to learn and explore, it can be as interesting as we are willing to make it. There might be burned out trees along the path from a much needed cleansing of the forest floor to allow for new growth. There might be a fallen tree along the path that forces us to recalculate our route or gain strength to overcome it. The path is long, but not straight; we can only see a short section of the path, but when we look up, it’s clear that God planned the big picture and it’s all in His control.
If you have been preparing yourself for this journey, maybe you’ve tried every diet known to mankind, bought several gadgets promising a body that you were never meant to have, possibly sought out pills, shots, miracle shakes, workouts, you know, if you’re like me, please let me reassure you…
breathe, relax, we won’t be revisiting the diet graveyard.
We will be learning to live abundantly, the way Jesus intends.
So feel free to kick off those hiking boots for now. Starting with my next post we are going to stop surveying the landscape and begin enjoying being in the midst of it.
Until then, let this word wash over you.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my god, in whom I trust.”
So Abundant Life Can Be Yours,