Saturday, April 7, 2012
My dieting efforts have come to what seems to be a rubber wall. I have been bouncing around the same three pounds for a month now. Add to that frustration that I have had three very hungry days in a row now. I'm discouraged. I can't see the light. My hope for the future is wavering.
Tomorrow, as I said, is Easter. As a Christian, I know that tomorrow we'll be celebrating the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After the darkness of Good Friday, Easter is a day of almost unspeakable joy! It's my favorite holiday. The celebration of life, of hope, of triumph!
This morning I was thinking about that original Easter, and it occurred to me that the people who had just watched Jesus die on the cross did not know, the day after that happened, that He was going to rise from the dead the next day. They were devastated and discouraged. Their hope was gone. They were not anticipating the unspeakable joy that was to be their tomorrow, because they didn't know it coming.
There have been so many times in my life that I have given up because I couldn't see what might have been unspeakable joy waiting for me just around the corner. I have turned my back on people, opportunities...and trying to lose weight. I have to wonder...how many times have I missed the joy because I turned away from the hope of tomorrow?
So this Resurrection Eve, I will hang onto that hope. I will not turn away from the promise God has given me of new life. And I will trust that He will give me that new life, whether I lose another 50 pounds, or not another ounce.