I don’t have much time to write this afternoon, so I thought I’d share a quick story about going to Adoration this weekend…
I’ve been trying to making it to Adoration once a week, which means that in practice I go once a month. I continue to be blown away by the powerful prayer experiences I have there, in particular when I just open my mind, sit in silence, and let myself be guided (longtime readers will remember the Adoration List debacle).
When I say “powerful experience” I don’t necessarily mean big emotions or feeling God’s presence in some palpable way, thought that does occasionally happen. I mainly mean that I get a sense that my thoughts are being firmly, obviously guided by Something outside of myself; for example, I’ll walk out of the Adoration chapel with incredibly insightful answers to questions that I didn’t even ask.
This weekend was such an occasion.
My husband and I went to Adoration yesterday as part of our anniversary weekend celebration and, as usual, I couldn’t help but go in with a laundry list of things I needed to cover. Yet I forced myself to just be still, not think too much, and say only a prayer asking God to lead me where I needed to go (this is surprisingly hard for control freaks like me).
I waited to be guided to clarity on all the important issues that needed addressing, like those writing deadlines that are causing me some stress, my continued slacking in the prayer department, my lack of trust in God, my constant complaining, etc…But it didn’t happen. Out of the blue, I felt a strong pull to think about something that I hadn’t even considered:
I need to put serious thought into what I eat on a daily basis.
Weird, huh? Of all the seemingly more important problems I brought to the table, I was overcome by an unshakable sense that to address this issue was my main marching order.
At first it seemed like a totally random, bizarre thing to think about. I wondered if I’d even understood what I’d “heard” correctly. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is actually a critical issue, and one that could have far-reaching effects into every area of my life. I won’t bore you with all the details, but the short version is: I’ve known for a long time that I have some mild insulin issues, and that when I eat certain carbs it wreaks havoc on my system and can have a major impact on my energy levels. Even though I know this, I’d kind of blown off the seriousness of it and have been pretty careless about what I eat, particularly at lunch time — not a smart move for someone who’s exhausted all the time anyway. If I were to make a major push to eat foods that don’t send me into an insulin downward spiral (which is pretty much everything I crave around lunch time), avoid the other foods to which I seem to have minor sensitivities, and add some good supplements to my diet, the impact could be huge.
The more I think about it, the more I can see that this is exactly what I should be putting at the top of my list of things to deal with. Managing what I eat more carefully could end up being the foundation to having the energy and stamina to properly deal with all my other concerns. It’s a brilliant insight, really.
So that’s my little Adoration story: I went in to get all sorts of major issues worked out, and ended up getting the message to drop everything and think about carb and protein ratios! As someone who is still new to prayer, I just love little moments like this. It’s neat to experience God “speaking” so clearly; not in words, but by guiding my course with a firm but gentle hand.
UPDATED TO NOTE: I started writing this in the morning, and am finishing it in the afternoon. At lunch I didn’t want to waste some delicious leftover pizza (a known “danger” food for me), so I decided that just this once I’d go ahead and eat it and hope for the best, despite the whole VOICE OF GOD TELLING ME NOT TO thing. And now I feel utterly miserable, like I’m about to slip into a coma. Hmm, it’s almost like God knows what he’s talking about! Anyway, you can see that I am better at listening to the Lord’s guidance than acting on it.
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