Anorexia helps - Where can I find healing for anorexia?
I sat with a girl who was seeking out anorexia helps. Finally as we began to talk, the words began to come. She started, "People keep telling me, 'You are too thin' they do not understand, I must be thin. They are calling my condition anorexia. I do not understand what they are trying to tell me but if I am sick, then I want to get well and I do not know what to do."
I told her, "Admitting that you are broke and you can't fix yourself is the first step. There is a deep-down dislocation and it seems like you have recognized that you can't fix it. It also seems that coming to be thin and pretty has taken you over."
I continued, "Do you know that your body is an amazing feat of biological engineering; a masterpiece not replicated upon this earth? Your body is a visible reminder that you were created in the image of God and inner beauty is the most beautiful of all."
Bethany (Patchin) Torode says in her article The Eyes of the Beholder, "What right do any of us have to look with disgust upon a creation that is a magnificent and priceless as the human body?" We must not be fooled by the airbrushed models the world presents before us. God does not make mistakes.
The girl realized that she had been thinking: My body is mine and I must have control over it or it will grow and get out of hand. I have to be thin to be attractive and that is what others like. No one will like me if I am not thin.
She realized that this thinking was destroying her and that God loved her just as He created her. She learned that He loved her enough to send His Son to die on the cross for her sins. Surely she could learn to love the body He created for her.
She realized that she had been abusing the body and not accepting it and she was able then to accept God's healing hand upon her and the help from those around her who wanted to help her and see her healed.
She was able to begin to see herself through the eyes of God, her Creator, and this was the beginning of healing from the anorexia that had nearly taken her life.
There is a healer who knows and understands. He suffered Himself upon a gruesome cross. Jesus, who knew no sin, paid the price for sinful vanity. He has taken the burden of your inward destruction and born the weight of it to make a way for you to be saved. He says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
Jesus has only one question. Will you come, trust Me and receive My free gift of salvation and enter into my rest?
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