The Mis-shelved Diet Book

26 Jul

I love children’s silly jokes. And I love food. Combine the two and you get some fun!

  • Why did the doughnut go to the dentist? It needed a chocolate filling.PizzaAndTomatoPaste2
  • What country did candy come from? Sweeten.
  • (and my favorite) How do you fix a broken pizza? With tomato paste!

I had a doctor once who called people who gave up on their diets “Desserters.” (And to look at him, he’d desserted many times!)

Dieting isn’t a laughing matter, though, to those who struggle.

A recent trip to my new doctor left me in tears. Besides all the allergy, asthma and other issues, I suddenly had a blood pressure problem. Me – a woman who’s always had “perfect” blood pressure. I couldn’t believe it. My doctor suggested I lose some weight, and see if that would help before she considered blood pressure medicine.

Tired of the this ‘n’ that of my medical issues, I cried all the way home. Almost all the way home. I stopped off at Walmart, and prayed as I walked down the aisles. I felt so desperate.

At one point, I said, “Lord, You know how hard it’s been for me to lose weight. I don’t know what else to do. PLEASE! Show me an answer.” I was going to head to the cookbook section of the book aisles, thinking there might be a diet book or two there. But right as I said the word “answer,” I glanced to my right and saw a book turned sideways in the middle of the romance shelves! (It stood out in the midst of smaller paperbacks.)

The title was The Virgin Diet. Maybe because a diet book with the word “Virgin” was mis-shelved in the romance section, I started to Book_TheVirginDiet_borderedsmile. OK, I chuckled out loud. And I stopped and picked it up.

What is a Virgin Diet? I wondered. The book turned out to be authored by a woman named J.J. Virgin. But as I glanced through the pages and read the back flyleaf, my eyes once again filled with tears. I knew this was God’s answer for me. [Note: I’m not endorsing the book … I’m just saying it was right for me at the time.]

Earlier in the year, another book titled Wheat Belly  showed me that food (in that case, wheat) might have a part in some of my health issues; but even then, I sensed there was something more. The Virgin Diet offered hope for those struggling with weight loss (and I was); but it also discussed food sensitivities. And the symptoms of those sensitivities sounded just like what I’d experienced for more than two years.

So I followed the 21 day diet, eliminating the seven things recommended by the author. To my surprise, I not only lost more than 20 pounds, I started to feel healthier and stronger than I had in a long, long time. My blood pressure went down too!

Because I reacted strongly to two of the seven foods, I still avoid them. Two others brought mild reactions. When I eat any of these foods, it doesn’t take long for my body to signal its displeasure!

I don’t want to focus on the diet. (Again, even though I show the book cover here, I neither endorse nor promote diet books. I’m only sharing my story. This was less about a “diet” for me, and more about exploring food sensitivities.)

No, this post isn’t about a diet as much as a prayer.

thank God that He heard me in my desperate moment. I know we don’t always get such immediate answers, but I still laugh to think how He used a mis-shelved book to answer my prayer right when I needed it most!

In the days since, God’s Word has fortified me to stay disciplined – most of the time – and to give me wisdom for the choices I need to make each day. I’m thankful that God’s mercies are new every morning, because I sure need them!

Let me encourage you today. God hears each prayer. He knows what you’re going through. He wants you and me to trust and wait on Him (Psalm 25:4-5; 40:1; Proverbs 3:5-7; Isaiah 26:3; 40:31). He has a sovereign plan for each one of us, and He will accomplish it in His time and way. He might even give you some clues in the middle of Walmart.

Has God ever used something unusual to remind you of His love, give you wisdom, or encourage you along your journey? I’d love to hear YOUR story!

– Dawn

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2 Responses to “The Mis-shelved Diet Book”

  1. Theresa N. July 27, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Dawn, don’t you just love the way God answers our prayers in the most unexpected ways? He truly has a sense of humor.

    • Dawn Wilson July 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      We will likely be surprised in heaven by God’s creative humor in our lives, not just his compassion and mercy.

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