When I was asked to speak at a women’s conference on Friday, I was humbled but also a bit confused because the title was, “Calling for the Wailing Women.” When I saw the guest speaker line up for the next day, I became puzzled. My heart became quiet as I pondered how my message of health & wellness fit in. I became concerned because I didn’t see the connection right away between what I do as educator on healthy & wellness and the conference agenda. As my heart pondered, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a scripture and in my search, I came upon another scripture that supported the first one. There it was. My answer.
Mark 16:15 (KJV): He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Romans 10:14-17 (MSG): But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims, a sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!
But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.
I shared with the women what I thought God had given me to share. I spoke for 1 ½ hours. Scripture after scripture. We poured through the word of God to see what He has to say about health and healing and our eating habits. The women’s hearts were so open to the truth, and more importantly, they were open to an honest discussion concerning the spirit of gluttony. To my amazement, and for the first time since I have been trying to approach this subject gently at meetings, women openly admitted it in front of everyone that they were dealing with this spirit, that they were desperate for answers and desperate to be free.