One of the biggest blessings in my life was being diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Although I would never chose it or wish it upon anyone it was one of the biggest learning curves of my life. I wouldn’t have claimed to be an athlete or a poster-girl of a picture of health, but I had in my mind that I ate what was reasonable, and I didn’t sit on my rear end all day, so must be relatively ok health wise. Yet when I had to describe to the dietician my daily food consumption and also admit I did no exercise outside of playing with my son, it started to become embarrassing.
As bad as that was however it was worse when my diet education began… did I know that most cereals are more like confectionary than food? No. Did I know that white bread is jam packed with sugars and preservatives? No. Did I realise that the whopper meal I ate on my way to the endocrinologist was not good for my system… well, yes I had a pretty good idea on that one, (but went for it anyway). The biggest shock was not that I was eating unhealthy food (of which I had plenty), but much of the food I thought was good for me, was actually not.
Due to our sinful nature and sinful surroundings we are so often unaware of what is good for us and what is bad, both physically but also spiritually. How often we think we are making the right decision, and then later realise it was actually the wrong one and harmful to our health. Thanks to God that he has provided us with truth in His word (the bible) that it may guide our understanding. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “all scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” By reading God’s word we can see areas in our lives which are unhealthy, and we can make decisions based on the truth, so the importance of reading and applying this word regularly cannot be overstated.
Having the extra motivation of being pregnant I was bent on following every ‘diabetes rule’ to the maximum, and the difference was everything. I changed my diet and exercised and I felt INCREDIBLE. I slept better, I thought clearer, I had more energy, I was happier and I had no extra weight to lose once I gave birth. I was so grateful for God allowing me to experience this ailment to guide me to put some wrongs right for the good of my future, and the good of my family’s health. I want to have the same attitude going into my spiritual life- I want read the word and find out where I have been led down the garden path, and I want to make it right. I want to be taught, rebuked, corrected and I want to train in righteousness so I can not only stand in the health of that righteousness, but run, jump and flourish in it to the glory of God. Reading the word of God is so much more than just entertaining, it is life-changing truth, opening the door to a fulfilling life.
When was the last time you read your bible and allowed it to confront you with its truth?