Before I was forced to revamp my eating habits, I sometimes struggled with the thought of giving up colas because I’d noticed that my fingernails grew faster when I was consuming them. I knew that God wanted me to give them up. I knew that, but I really wanted long beautiful nails too. In the time periods when I wasn’t consuming sodas, my nails grew really slow. Trouble was, even when they grew fast, they didn’t last very long because they were brittle and would break at a certain length.
Now that I am obeying God in giving up the sodas (something I felt Him asking me to do years ago), I am noticing the difference in my nails. Yes, they are growing slower. However, I have recently noticed their strength. I am amazed and shake my head at my own wonder. Of course He knew better than I did, even in regard to this little detail!
Another area where I have been pondering the idea of “faster is not always better” is in the area of weight loss. I recently saw a demonstration of a product that will take inches off your waistline FAST. In less than an hour, one of my friends lost 4 inches! It was truly amazing. And expensive. And…temporary. I could not wrap my mind around paying such a high price for a treatment that, while it truly did work, was only a temporary fix and would have to be repeated multiple times for the same results.
Now…you have to know…I am not a fan of repeating the same process over again, especially when it comes to money. I am the gardener who prefers to plant perennials so that I can buy and plant them ONCE and be done with that part. LOL!
I am following God’s lead with this food thing…and my weight is dropping at a healthy, steady pace. I did not have to sign up for a pricey program. I did not have to endure drinking weird looking shakes in place of meals (I like to chew my nutrients…I’m weird that way). I did not have to spend money on overpriced packaged foods that I couldn’t afford to feed my whole family (they probably wouldn’t eat that anyway and I’d have to cook them something different). I did not have to give up tasty nutrition in order to meet my goals. Did I have to give up something? Yes, I had to give up the fake foods. I had to give up the items I was once addicted to but which I now know were keeping me in captivity on a journey to misery. I am able to have real foods that are delicious and filling and did I mention REAL? I make healthier meals that my family and I can share and enjoy together.
The best part about this new mindset is that it is not temporary. This is a permanent change. I am losing inches all over my body, and while it is a slower process, it’s a healthier and sustainable one that will lead me to long-lasting health.
Faster is NOT always better. God’s timing is not the same as ours, by any means, but if we would trust Him with everything, He will lead us to good places at the right time.
He is our Abba Father and His love has no match.
The call of instant gratification is but an empty siren song, never truly satisfying and always leaving us wanting more.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.