“The person who never goes out on a limb will never, it is true, have the limb cut off while he is on it, but neither will he reach the best fruit. The best fruit which human life offers seems to come only within the reach of those who face life boldly … with no excessive concern over possible failure and personal danger.”
On the first day of this month, my son and I began a grand experiment: Together we started a special gut-healing diet in the hopes that it would help my son overcome lifelong allergies to dairy, eggs, wheat/gluten, and some nuts. As for me, I was just along for moral support — or so I thought.
We’ve both experienced some amazing results: My son has eaten eggs multiple times in the past two weeks without any problem. I’ve lost a little weight and regained some energy.
We’ve also had some setbacks: My son has struggled with missing some of his favorite foods, which are currently off-limits. He had an allergic reaction when we introduced walnuts.
Most significantly, though, we’ve both suffered for more than a week with an incredibly itchy and intensely uncomfortable rash (apparently, I, too, have a few issues that the diet has begun to address).
We think it’s a good sign that our bodies are eliminating yeasts and toxins, but on our worst days, that’s a tough sell.
Yesterday my son declared that if he had known how awful he would feel in the process of healing his body, he would never have started in the first place. I stopped mid-scratch to admit that I felt exactly the same way.
And then I realized what a protection it was for us not to know. We would have allowed fear to prevent us from trying something that just might prove to be incredibly beneficial.
So while the limb we’re climbing out on might seem a little shaky, we’re going to keep itching — er, inching — our way over to where we can reach that best fruit. Please pray for us!
Lord, thank you that even though you can see everything that lies ahead on each of our paths, you reveal only what we need to know to keep us headed in the direction you want us to go.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” –Philippians 4:13
Have you kept going when the going was tough? What did you learn? How did you benefit? Are you still in a tough spot? Please share so we can pray for you, too.