Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?” – Luke 11:5-13
Today there was a conversation at work that had everything to do with relationships. I did not initiate the conversation, but it was a very good message. It never ends for me, the amazement of how the Word brought me to this passage today, at this time. It falls in line with everything that was talked about today. Written over two centuries ago, yet, it still is relevant today. Further proof for me that God had his hand in the writing of the Bible. You can disagree, but I have so much evidence to my belief that you can not change my mind.
Let’s start with the first paragraph. First glance, it seems as though Jesus is talking about how we treat our neighbors and friends. Honestly, anyone that has my phone number knows that if you really need something, even in the middle of the night, I am there. But the last sentence changes the game. Jesus says that the request will be granted with persistence. I don’t know about you, but sometimes my prayers change based on the happenings of the day. I think that is o.k., but what I take away from this is, if I really am in need, or if I really am asking, and being persistent with the request, no matter the outcome, I will get what I am asking for. And it is really true… I know, because I am watching all of the evidence unfold in front of me.
I have had a standard prayer that I have been praying for the past few months. It is a personal prayer, and in this case, selfish of me, at least in my view, because it is a prayer for something for me. That prayer has been to make my mental state stronger, in hopes to be able to reduce, or get off the medication I am on for depression. It is a long shot prayer, I know that, only based on how tangled up my wiring is upstairs, and because I have gone off the medicine before, and I end up relapsing. It’s a very scary thing, to relapse. However, the past few months, I have had some serious digestive and colon issues, which has caused a total change in lifestyle. I have had to cut gluten out of my diet. That has caused me to change how I look at food. It also caused a reduction in weight… which I have to see, I am super excited about. Part of this required a colonoscopy, which, if anyone of you has ever had this done, knows that yeah, you get cleaned out really quick. Well, needless to say after all of this, the diet change, and the cleaning of the system… I am in a much better mental state.
I may never totally get off the medication, but it is still my goal. So far, I am only gradually reintroducing medicines back into my system. I do not want to have to clean out the gunk inside my body again… so, I have to maintain it. Even so, in all honesty, I am feeling so much better. I mean, I was in a cloud before, kind of like the Zoloft commercials from years ago, but over the last couple days, that cloud is not there, and I am not really regulating my serotonin levels. I have no explanation, other than Divine intervention, and being persistent with the one prayer that I have been praying. I will monitor it, and see what happens, because this is new territory for me. I can’t say that I am fully healed (even though I want to declare it loudly). I can only describe this as a blessing from God.