Several years ago, I was sitting in front of the television eating lunch. My weight had been an ongoing problem for several years. I tried numerous ways to lose weight, but nothing worked. I eventually got to the point where I decided that it must be my destiny to remain heavy.
While I was eating, I heard a voice tell me to go to the phone, call the VA hospital, and make an appointment to see a nutritionist. I stopped in mid-bite and went to the phone. As I dialed, I laughed to myself because getting an appointment with the VA would take more than six months. I said to myself, “Well, at least, I have six months before I need to worry about what the nutritionist is going to say.” I made the call, and a scheduler answered the phone. I told him I wanted to get a referral to see a nutritionist. To my surprise, he said I did not need one. I thought that was strange but did not pursue the topic. He then put me on hold. When he returned he said, “Kevin has an opening at 1 pm, can you make it?” To say that I was dumbfounded is an understatement! It took me six months to get a primary care physician, and six months to get an MRI when I pinched a nerve in my back, and now it is only going to take 45 minutes to get in to see a nutritionist! I looked up at the clock and realized I would have to hustle out the door, but I could make it. I told the scheduler yes, and jumped in the car and headed to the hospital. My appointment with the nutritionist lasted about 20 minutes and then I returned home.
As I said, I had a weight problem for several years. During this time, I developed the habit of weighing myself every day. Though this is contrary to what the experts tell you, it had become a habit with me. So the next day after seeing the nutritionist I got on the scale and saw that I was a half a pound lighter than I was the day before. I jumped with joy! I continued to lose weight almost every day until I lost 120 pounds. Praise God, it has been over 13 years, and I have not gained it back.
Naturally, the first question people ask me is what the nutritionist said. Then they get angry because I tell them that the nutritionist did not have anything to do with it. I tell them that I believe at the moment when the Lord said to call the VA, and I was obedient I was healed. I believe all of my issues with my weight were resolved at that moment. No, I am not saying that instantaneously I lost 100 pounds, but I believe that everything that needed to be lined-up within my body, mind and spirit was lined-up. Instantaneously, everything about food regarding how much to eat, when to eat, and what to eat was changed. Suddenly I loved fruits and vegetables! Before the Lords intervention, I could care less about fruits and vegetables. I wanted bread and sweets! This is not to say that I don’t eat sweets. I love them! I am saying that my attitude regarding food was changed to the point that what I eat, when I eat, and how much I eat was altered. Everything on that day was lined-up by the Lord.
Many people still ask me what the nutritionist said, but I stopped answering. I stopped because people were focusing on what the nutritionist said and not on being obedient to the Lord. I do not believe it is important what the nutritionist said. His role in this was to free his calendar to see me when the Lord sent me. I was only in the nutritionists’ office for 20 minutes, and I guarantee you he did not tell me anything that you have not already heard. I believe that my journey was one of obedience and all I had to do from the moment I heard his voice was believe, and then walk it out.