It had been such a beautiful Saturday morning! I “awakened the dawn”, as the Psalmist David says. For a solid hour, I sat with a cup of coffee and watched the sun rise and then dapple the trees with its rays, then shine in full brilliance.
After such a glorious start, motivation was high enough to tackle cleaning up my writing papers, a most necessary but long-delayed task. During that dreaded process I found an unexpected bill for $100, due this month, which meant I could not do the too long delayed oil change, pay the small fee to have the ring my daughter gave me 20 years ago repaired, nor could I keep buying lots of low calorie fresh food which had FINALLY helped me take off five of the 30 pounds I needed to drop because of high blood pressure. My happy bubble burst and I just lay down for a few minutes – to rest and to pray.
“Well, Lord, maybe now is the time to finally eat out of my cupboards until they are totally bare. You know I am trying desperately to lose weight and losing weight with the food that I already have in the house seems impossible, but I am going to try it. I will trust in You to either help me lose weight or else be content with staying as I am.
Please forgive me for ungrateful for all Your generosity. Help me fully appreciate that it is a luxury to even think about weight loss when so many are desperately trying to just stay alive. Teach me this month, dear Lord, what You want me to learn. And thank you for reminding me of the Scripture “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10, New American Standard version). Help me be strong in what is really an easy task. And let’s have fun with it!”
To be honest, that thought about having fun with it surprised me, but then when I pray I am always surprised at the wonderful thoughts God gives. I’m sure He laughed at that one. Here is a record of the fun we had that month.
- I immediately put a bag of pinto beans in water to soak.
- I made a list of my low calorie soup ingredients, which were cheap as well as healthy and would be enough fresh food.
- I checked everything in every kitchen cabinet and found I had more than enough to do just fine, I had: A box of popcorn, two boxes of diet chocolate pudding, five cans of beans, four cans of vegetables, a box and a half of oatmeal, two jars of applesauce, two boxes of six-pack crackers for snacks for my grandsons, one box of chocolate poptarts (my secret super indulgence for years), five tins of smoked sardines (which I genuinely like), two packs of ground beef in the freezer, and on and on – you get the picture. I had PLENTY of food in my cabinets and refrigerator.
Bottom line? That month was just fine. I never went hungry and even managed to stay the same weight. And through it all I was reminded, each day, with every meal and snack that I had, that I was eating far, far better than many Americans were eating this month and countless millions across the globe.
What I initially thought was a bad thing God had, as always, turned out for my good. I had needed a fresh reminder to be truly, sincerely grateful and to fervently pray for those struggling in true poverty.
What a kind and loving Father He is to gently nudge us toward truths we need to remember!