I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 26 years. It started in the spring of 1995 and I cried out, “Why me, God!?” I didn’t understand but God was still there with me. It took a few long years to adjust to the new way of life. Over time, I have seen God protect me and help me while I’ve learned to take care of my body with insulin, exercise, and a careful eye to what and how much I eat. Let me share a story of God’s goodness through the simple art of taking a walk.
Sickness. No one likes getting sick, but it happens! Last week I got sick and my blood sugar stayed at good levels until I started eating. I realized my body was fighting something and I would need to adjust my insulin dosage calculations and give myself more insulin. In the past, whenever I’ve been sick, I've often had to increase my insulin amounts. This time, I kept my higher insulin dosages going for two days, and then I decided to try something I had never done before. I had heard about the benefits of going for a walk after eating and had tried it a few times but I had never SEEN any benefit. Well, this time I SAW the benefit.
I went for a 1.75-mile walk after eating and guess what happened? My blood sugar started dropping at the end of the walk. I was shocked! I was sick and my body was fighting something that was impacting how much insulin I needed to eat food (I needed more than double the amount I normally used). However, walking was helping. After recalculating the impact of the 1.75-mile walk, I realized I could give myself 50% less insulin if I went for a walk after eating. Wow! Praise the Lord!
The simple act of going for a walk after eating can positively impact anyone who tries it. I had tried it before but hadn’t SEEN it’s benefit until I got sick…then I SAW the big impact on my body!
Call to Action: Two Challenges
Have you seen the benefit of becoming friends with Jesus? Just like with the walking idea, I had heard about the benefit of becoming friends with Jesus, but it wasn’t until I actually tried it, that I really saw and experienced the real benefit.
Consider the following two challenges to help you in your physical and spiritual well-being:
- Go for a walk after each meal for 40 days. Non-diabetics also have blood sugar spikes after eating that slow their mind and body. Taking even a ten minute walk levels out those spikes. The result: more energy, clearer brain function and you'll sleep better too!
- Pick some fun ways to spend unrushed time with Jesus for 40 days that could include: singing, memorizing scripture, journaling, talking, and listening to God's Word, maybe even as you go for a walk!
Will you prayerfully consider doing one or both of the above and let us know how it impacts your life? Trust Him with everything (Proverbs 3:5-6) and He will work mightily for you!
“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17 ESV).