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Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him.As surely as the sun rises, he will appear;he will come to us like the winter rains,like the spring rains that water the earth.– Hosea 6:3
Sometimes, when I am drawn to food and I am not yet hungry, I sense that I should sit a while in my need. I am to recognize it, give it a voice, offer it to the Lord and wait.
I do this, rather than use food to silent the voice of my heart or to distract me from something that I would rather forget. I quiet my heart, instead, and focus for a moment prayerfully on the Lord.
Often, I don’t want to be still in my emptiness. I am afraid. I may think I can’t handle feeling the emotions that well up in me. I would much rather run away, or busy myself with something, anything—even fixate on how to manipulate my next hunger or obsess about what foods I will eat, exercise compulsively or check the bathroom scale again.
These behaviors are leftovers of my former driven ways.
Now, He calls me to acknowledge Him in this moment, to strive to do so.
As I write, it has been raining quite a bit. I consider the days ahead and am confident that, because of the time of year and where I live, I can be sure of something—it will rain more.
As confident as I am in this, this verse shows me that God wants me all the more confident in Him. He promises that he will come to me just as surely as the rain falls on the earth. Do I believe Him? Will I wait expectantly in my emptiness? He will flood all the empty places in my heart, but He asks me to wait for him.
God will show up if I patiently wait for Him.