At some point during my mother’s alzheimer’s, she stopped eating. Granted, she stayed on a steady diet of Dr. Pepper for some time, but her body stopped taking in true nutrients over the course of several months.
Although food would be offered to her, she either closed her lips tightly or just held the bite in her mouth. We found that this is common among dementia patients, and begins a chain of events that spiral them downward. Mother had been acting as if refusing food was a norm and, for a while, it seemed to be. Yet, inwardly, her body was actually attacking itself.
Initially, when we stop eating, our body can tap into the reserve of carbohydrates and fat stores that it has saved up. The liver and the muscles even have a special store of glucose just for such an event.
Yet, within a few days, these become depleted, so the body goes in search for other sources of food. The protein in muscle can also be utilized into glucose, so the body begins breaking down its own muscle.
This causes its own set of problems as the liver can’t filter the damaged muscle fibers, and clog its clarifying work.
You see, the liver is the connector to all other organs. When it fails, everything else shuts down as well.
What about the spiritual parallel?
I’m afraid that all too often, we only want the Dr. Pepper diet of the Word. Give us the sweet nectar of a few choice verses and we act as if we can go on forever. We read a little scripture blurb at the bottom of our set devotional and think that our spiritual diet is complete (1 Corinthians 3:2).
But remember: life here is a shadow of the heavenly realities.
When we don’t chew on a steady diet of the meat of the Word and obey what we read, we won’t have a necessary spiritual reserve. Knowing and obeying Him gives us the spiritual nutrition to exercise patience, strength and endurance during those hard times.
Wanna have the strength for the next crisis in your life? You must begin now by consuming and acting upon His Word.
Jesus said, “I have food to eat that you do not know about…My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34).
When was the last time that you actually devoured the Word of God by obeying?