Do you ever get one of those jars that are hard to open? For me they’re usually filled with mayonnaise or pickle spears. First I try to open it with my bare hands but it doesn’t budge. Then I wipe my hands clean and try again. No help. Next I try a dishtowel over the lid and then finally I bang the side of the lid with a big metal spoon. (I don’t really think this helps but it does make me feel better) As a last resort, I take the jar to my husband and he opens it with ease. I hate that. I mean I’m appreciative of his help but deep down I don’t want to admit that I was not strong enough to open that silly jar. Of course the other option was to live the rest of my life without pickle spears.
Don’t forget, God loves to give people strength. God gives GIANT gobs of strength for overcoming a horrific abuse , a deep loss or a prolonged illness. You ask for help in these hard times because you know that you could not get through the struggle without His strength. But what about smaller struggles? Are their things in your life you do not ask for God’s strength because you believe that you should have the strength to tackle this one on you own?
Exercise can be like that. Have you ever sat in a doctor’s office and been told you need to exercise more? Or maybe you were recuperating from an illness, procedure or treatment and they prescribed an active lifestyle to recover. You look at the doctor with a blank stare and think “Are you kidding me? I’m so exhausted at the end of the day I can’t lift my head!” Or maybe you think “Come on! I barely had the strength to make it into your office today and you want me to exercise?” You know you do not have the strength to do this on your own but do you ask for God to give you strength?
Look at this wonderful verse: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) This verse does NOT say “I can do all the really hard, impossible looking things through God and the rest I’ll do on my own strength.” And yet sometimes that’s the way we act. The times in our lives when we need to care for our body the most is when we have the least strength to do it. Let God help. “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29
Are you asking God to give you strength to exercise regularly and eat healthy? It’s hard to admit you cannot do it on your own and ask consistently for the Lord to give you strength. I know, I struggle with it too. After all, I’m the girl that hates asking for help with the pickle jar. So let’s go and ask and receive. AMEN