Recovery. It’s a buzz word among those who have struggled with eating disorders, and rightfully so. It’s what we want to do. We don’t want to be enslaved to our eating disorders any longer. Recovery is not just a buzz word. More than that it’s a scary word. It takes courage. The more I’ve been reading different passages of the Bible the more I’ve realized that so much of life takes courage. But what gives them that courage? I don’t believe that kind of courage can come from within ourselves, because we’re limited human beings. We are limited in our understanding, but there is a place that this courage can come from, and it’s from God, from knowing that you are a child of God.
In Haggai 2 God reminds Zerrubabel to be strong. How can he be strong?
‘Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith theLord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts. According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.
For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;’ (Haggai 2:4-6)
God told them to be strong, BECAUSE His Spirit remained with them. If God’s Spirit is not with me, I can not truly be strong. I can’t know that I can go anywhere and do anything for Him and be as safe in the face of danger as I am in my own bed.
In Joshua 1 there is the famous passage where the Lord is talking to Joshua and telling him to ‘be strong and of good courage.’ Again, why could Joshua be strong?
Joshua 1:5-9 says, ‘
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.’
The reason that Joshua could be strong and of a good courage is because God promised to be with them. God promised that He would give them the land. He promised that if they followed Him, if they obeyed their Father in heaven, God’s favor and power would be with them. His presence would be with them, and when God is for us, who can be against us?
That is the same for recovery. Recovery is HARD.
It’s like seeing someone falling from a burning building and running over praying and hoping that you will catch them, trusting God that He could give you the clarity of mind and heart to brace yourself for them falling on you.
That’s scary right? That’s terrifying. But if God is with you, there is NOTHING too hard for Him. By yourself you’ll lack confidence and courage and power, but if you are trusting in Jesus, if God has moved your heart to trust in Him, you will NOT fail.
You will stumble, but God’s purpose in you will not be stopped. God loves life. God created life. He created life to glorify Him.
An eating disorder is ‘comfort’ (a false sense of comfort), but it’s not good. It’s something that has to be thrown off. It has to be gotten rid of; it has to be destroyed.
That is not easy. That is hard, but with God I am determined and I know that nothing is impossible. With me, there are a lot of things that are impossible, but with God there is absolutely nothing that is impossible. God can separate walls of the sea.
God can make broken relationships that seemed beyond repair NEW.
God made peace between Himself and us possible by His Son Jesus.
God can take the most broken anxious heart and give Him rest in Himself.
That’s what today’s podcast is about. Jamie and I are talking about recovery and the situations that seem impossible that you have faced, that we have faced, and that God has enabled us to overcome.
We’re going to talk about:
Facing Fear Foods
Taking Rest Days
NOT Weighing Yourself
Ignoring ‘Body Talk’
Being Brave to Change the Conversation on Diets and Food and Exercise
Most of all: Why We Couldn’t Do It Without the Lord Jesus Christ leading us and guiding us and changing us.
Where do you find courage?
Have there been situations in recovery that have really challenged you to have courage?