Mental Health

God’s Relentless Pursuit

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I’m overwhelmed by God’s grace every day, but I’m more overwhelmed by His relentless pursuit of His prodigal children. How will you beat this? Relentlessly pursue God in recovery, as He has pursued you.

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We’ve heard it before: “Exterior focus is not God-centered.” It’s true. Our microscope has zoomed a little too close to the wrong thing and here we are thinking, “I want out of this, but how do I get out of this… and fast.” Guilt fills our soul and desire to leave our current situation floods throughout our veins.

We’re looking for the quick fix. How can we feel the least amount of pain, and get back to honoring God as fast as possible?

There are many days I have desired a step by step guide for guaranteed recovery; but, a universal recovery plan is not reality.

Just as you are born unique and unlike anyone around you, your recovery from your eating disorder will follow suit. Just as you once searched high and low for the next big thing to get you to the desired size you wanted to be, I don’t necessary think recovery is all that different.

We’re all looking for the next book to inspire us, the next coping skill to soothe us, and the next leader to look to and take us further in recovery. I’m not suggesting inspiration isn’t important, but are we using it to dull our pain, or fuel our fire?

I don’t know about you, but before I gave my life to Christ, I did not pursue God. Like many of us, God wanted to use me, and I advanced and retreated from His call for years. I desired his love and grace, yet misunderstood his commandments as rules that kept me from “fun.” Much like recovery, we desire the fruits that come from its garden, but cower in fear at the possibility of sacrifice, pain, and even failure.

What part of “Rome wasn’t built in a day” did we not understand?

God relentlessly pursued me, softening my heart with every attempt and retreat I took, for years.

He never took my retreating as a lack of love for him, but a lack of understanding for the life He had waiting for me. God never took my no for an answer.

As Christians, we strive to be more Christ-like every day, and perhaps the most Christ-like thing you can do at this time in your life, in recovery, is to relentlessly pursue the demise of ED and the rise of God in your life. Transformation does not occur in one night, nor in a year. It takes patience, prayer, and a whole lot of faith. Just as God did for me, what if we learned to sit in the struggle and pray for His patience?

We are fallible and imperfect people, in need of Jesus.

Through the pain of owning up to your humanity, which has become clear in your recovery, know you may not be perfect, but He’s working on you. You may not be where you want to be, but you’re not where you used to be, and by the grace of God, it’s not where you will be.

I’m overwhelmed by God’s grace every day, but I’m more overwhelmed by His relentless pursuit of His prodigal children. How will you beat this? Relentlessly pursue God in recovery, as He has pursued you.

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Abigail is an acting major at Ball State University and a future art therapist. Through recovery from her own eating disorder and struggles from bi-polar and depression, she strives to empower and uplift others through her art as an actor, singer/songwriter, and writer. She is a contributor to our faith column.

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