“You take what the enemy meant for evil, and You turn it for good” is a line in a worship song that I always think about whenever life hands over adversity—personally, one of these adversities being my past with an eating disorder. Because it’s ED awareness week, I want to shine light on this in a different way that not many people have been talking about: through the lens of God.
Disorders, addictions, setbacks, losses, failure—These are all evil things that are set in our path, and whatever you may be struggling with, there are two great things that I’ve learned through this storm:
1️⃣God takes what the enemy meant for evil and turns it for good. This is experience was certainly not what I never planned for or wanted to happen in my life. But what I learned through my struggle was something so much greater--that this was something I could not carry on my own. No matter how hard I tried to fight the battle myself, I knew I needed to turn this over to God. When I trusted that God had a plan for me to bring something good from this situation and let God guide me through what I feared most, I realized in the midst of my struggles that He was right with me through the storm. This experience allowed me to grow in my faith as well as be brave enough to know that God is using these struggles and leading me to growth.
2️⃣It’s not doubt that our culture praises our outer appearance, and diet culture promotes how to eat in order to achieve the “ideal body”. However, (and I still struggle and remind myself of this) our confidence and worthiness does NOT come from earthy things like what culture’s standards says it should be. Your size does NOT measure your worth because your worth is NOT about your body. Our qualification comes from who we are, and it comes from Christ alone. Sure, some days you may feel better about yourself than others, but the one piece of you, the core of your identity is God—and He is never-changing. There is no fluctuation of worthiness when your identity comes from God.
You are already enough, even when you do nothing. You are made in the image of Him, fearfully and wonderfully made. ❤️