Last fall, my husband and I went to a plant based nutrition conference. We were fascinated to hear how fruits and vegetables had the power to reverse disease. In the past, we’d heard eating organic food was best and we knew diet was important, but we didn’t realize how much food impacts our health.
The research was undeniable. In many people, plant based diets were associated with the reversal of many common diseases. We both knew, our diets were about to change. Within a few days we started eating more fruits and vegetables and we cut out dairy, meat and sugar.
Knowledge is power, right? I didn’t want to take this new information and do nothing with it.
After a few weeks we had more energy and we lost a bit of weight.
Then in December I faced some unexpected health issues. I became more determined than ever to “eat right” and control my diet. If I needed healing, I knew what to do! Eat more organic whole foods and less sugar.
The problem was I started to put my hope in food above my hope in God. When I came across Exodus 23:25 (NKJV) “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you,” suddenly my new diet was challenged.
Was I trusting God to save me or was my hope in food? Was I serving my God or was I worshiping my new knowledge and the ability to eat healthy food? Soon I found myself repenting.
God is Greater Than Eating Organic Fruits & Vegetables
Now I’m not saying every vegan or person eating organic fruits and vegetables has to repent. For me personally, it became a problem when I realized I was putting more hope in the food I was eating than God.
For me, God always needs to be first in my life. Yes food can heal me. But ultimately the healing comes from God. God is greater. For He is the creator of life. The author and the finisher.
So do we still eat organic foods and follow a vegan diet? Yes and no. We see the value in taking care of our bodies and living healthy lifestyles. We’ve also found we feel better when we eat whole foods.
But let’s be honest, eating only organic fruits and vegetables isn’t always possible. And let’s not forget how expensive it is to eat only organic. We also don’t want to stress out so much about “eating right” that we miss God moving in our lives.
I felt so much freedom when I let the burden to eat only healthy, non-gmo, gluten-free, plant based food go. It wasn’t the actual food that was harmful, it was my attitude toward the food that was taking away from my relationship with God.
At the end of the day, no matter what we eat, my hope is in God. He will bless our food and water!
(God is Greater)
Are there things you need to let go of today? What or who do you put your hope in? What is first in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Follow Heart of Deborah on Instagram as I journey through life as a daughter, wife and mother.
P.S. I was inspired to write this after I read God is Bigger Than a Free Range Chicken. I could absolutely relate to what she wrote!