I lost 8 ½ lbs in just 3 weeks. I was stoked! How much more will I lose next week? Can I lose just as much next month? Losing eight to 10 pounds a month sounded like a good amount to me. Let’s see . . . if I lose 10 pounds a month, in six months . . .
But the regular weight loss stopped after the first three weeks. In fact, I would lose 1- 3 pounds one week just to gain 3-5 pounds back the next. The same five pounds went up and down, up and down, up and down, like a basketball being dribbled back and forth across the court rather than making its way to the hoop for two more points.
There was no obvious reason why the scale had stopped budging. For the life of me, I couldn’t get my weight to drop below 198. And nothing had changed! I was still doing all the right things; eating clean, correct portion sizes, cooking on the weekends for my work week. I couldn’t identify a single reason for the stubborn stall.
The only thing I could do was persevere. I continued to do what I knew was right and pushed forward, because I was not about to give up. I knew victory was just ahead and I was going to persist regardless of how long it took. I kept my eyes on my goal, and nothing was going to keep me from succeeding. This went on for seven, long, agonizing weeks!
Finally, I broke through the plateau and resumed losing weight this week. 197 . . . 196 . . . 195 . . . Huge sigh of relief!
It’s not easy to persevere in the face of difficulty or when there’s little to no prospect of success, but doing so yields great rewards.
It’s the same when it comes to praying for your loved ones. You may initially see small, little changes in your children as you pray for them, and then nothing at all for weeks, months, maybe even years. Of course it’s discouraging, but giving up isn’t even an option. You push through and keep praying regardless of whether or not you see or hear anything positive.
Here’s a helpful acronym, P.U.S.H.
It stands for, Pray Until Something Happens. I encourage you to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). No matter what, persevere, believing your prayers are being heard and answered, because they are!
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for reminding me that you are in control when things seem to be out of control. Thank you for giving me the strength to persevere and believe. Amen.