Why Wasn’t He Stress Eating?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Job 11-13; Acts 9:1-21

Meanwhile, Saul was still spewing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest, seeking letters to the synagogues in Damascus. If he found persons who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, these letters would authorize him to take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. During the journey, as he approached Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven encircled him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice asking him, “Saul, Saul, why are you harassing me?”

Saul asked, “Who are you, Lord?”

“I am Jesus, whom you are harassing,” came the reply. “Now get up and enter the city. You will be told what you must do.”

Those traveling with him stood there speechless; they heard the voice but saw no one. After they picked Saul up from the ground, he opened his eyes but he couldn’t see. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind and neither ate nor drank anything. (Acts 9:1-9, Common English Bible)

I don’t know about you, but for me and many of the people I know, when we find ourselves in a stressful situation we counter the stress with eating. That is the particular eating disorder (for a lack of anything better to call it) name, “Stress Eating.” When I get stressed I want to eat. It isn’t necessarily any particular food. Anything will do, as long as there is plenty of it. Really, it is nothing. Well, nothing that a ten-pound ham, a twelve-pound turkey, a couple of pizzas, three burgers, a boneless buffalo chicken salad from Chili’s (You have to have something healthy in there), three hotdogs, a banana cream pie and you can’t have anything like this without a few cookies (I love cookies) to top it all off. And, that is only lunch. What’s for dinner.

For Saul (within a few chapters he will be Paul), it is exactly the opposite. Is he stressed? I don’t see how he couldn’t be. First, he starts hearing voices. Then he knows the voice is God’s voice. After that, he learns more specifically that the voice is Jesus who he has been running around disrespecting to just about anyone who would listen and making those who were Christ followers lives a living nightmare. Then to top it all off, he then finds himself blind. Yeah, I do believe Saul/Paul had plenty of reason for stress and to stress-eat. And yet, he neither eats or drinks anything for three days. He must have had one dry mouth. I don’t live in a dry environment and after about 20 minutes I am looking for something to drink. My mouth gets so dry!

God then gives even more reason to stress, and not just to Saul. He sends Saul to find a disciple named Ananias. For his part, Ananias is less than thrilled with the prospect of the well-known trouble-maker. The stress levels of both had to be through the roof and yet they kept on as if nothing out of the ordinary was happening around them.

I think the key is, whether stressed or not, remain faithful and God will remain faithful to you. That is just what Paul and Ananias learned. We can learn the same.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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