Thursday, March 01, 2012
It's been my experience that a true test of "control" (I laughingly say) is when I don't return to coping mechanisms that are harmful to me, including, but not limited to, overeating. Last night was an amazing test and by the grace of God, I passed.
We have some excitement here last night and my first response was to call on the Name of God to safeguard everyone involved. It was emotional and traumatic; and I came away abstinent. I didn't even THINK to eat my way through it. God is so good.
I lead a Life Group in my church and Tuesday night I asked the question of the members "How and/or when did God show up for you this week?" I got assorted answers as you might imagine. One gal reported dire financial problems that God delivered an answer for by the hand of someone who called and offered an incredibly lucrative job directly in keeping with her experience, training and heart. She loves doing the kind of thing she's been offered an opportunity to do again. God is amazing. She won't lose her house, they will be eating and she will continue to praise God, not to mention the incredible witness it is for her non-believing husband.
In comparison, one may think that my story of God showing up when I went out to lunch and didn't overeat as is my custom at a buffet pales in comparison. But that'd be wrong. It was an amazing testimony to my Father that I asked for self-control, and was receptive of this gift He so freely gives. He showed up! He always does.
Since I've been aware of the gifts of the Spirit (Galations 5:22), it never occurred to me that I must accept them. It's kind of funky to think that although God was so freely giving me these gifts, I never received them from Him. Like it was supposed to be magic. Get saved, get gifts. I wonder how many of us think that way? When I think about the love, the joy and the peace I've missed out on simply because I did not say "thank You" and accept what God so generously wanted to give me, I shake my head in disbelief! They were at my disposal all the time! Thank you God for taking the scales from my eyes and revealing the lies of Satan!
Well, it's a new day, baby and definitely overdue that I should take an active role in my relationship with the Savior. You know we're instructed to "wait on the Lord" in the Bible, but I never realized how often the Lord waits on me. I receive Your gifts, Father God and pray I never take them or You for granted. Glory to God! In the precious Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen! again I say Amen!