Day Twenty-Two: Marble Slab Or Manna

Well. I guess I was a little overeager with my “I’ve lost 12 pounds” statement yesterday.

Classic rookie mistake. I took my starting weight on the scale at my parents house cause it has a digital readout. But a couple days ago I weighed on the old school scale in our house.

Yeahhhhhhh. So apparently they are calibrated really differently. Cause according to my parents scale this morning I had only lost 8 pounds.

I was bummmmmmmed out about that.

But it ended up being a good re-re-re-reminder. That this is not about the diet. It’s not about losing weight. It’s about changing. It’s about being a new creation.

And I love that I am not on a “diet” per se. Because after not “losing” as much weight as I thought I probably would have done something detrimental. I might’ve gone to Marble Slab because “Awwwwww heck, what’s the point?” or maybe I would have slowly let my resolve fade because it “wasn’t working anyway”. Ya know, things I would have said in the past. But. This isn’t over. I still have days and days and days and days to go! So no point in flipping out. Just time to continue to run the race marked out for me.

Some days when it’s like this I think of Jesus in the desert while he was fasting. Or I think of the Israelites wandering in the desert waiting for God to drop manna from heaven. When I’m in the desert, I have to learn to sustain myself on more than food.

Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3


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