NO,,,,,this post is NOT about the movie, but it IS about being stuck in one place out of fear or uncertainty.
For me, this came once again when I got off the phone with Xander’s specialist after reviewing his blood work and allergy results. For the past 7 years, Dairy, Eggs and Peanuts were his biggest allergies (strict avoidance necessary due to anaphylaxis) with a few others sprinkled in. But now, it seems that we have so many more to add to that list. How can we possibly remove these other foods from his diet?
This is the awesome new list of the additional foods to absolutely avoid:
- Crab, Lobster, Scallop, Shrimp (that’s much easier since we not longer live in Maryland and we are mostly vegan in this home)
- Almonds, Hazelnut, Pecans
- Barley, Buckwheat, Rye, Spelt
- Lima Beans, Soy Beans, Green Peas (tofu, edamame-those are huge in our home)
- Sunflower Seeds (Sunbutter has always been our “allergy free” go to)
- Wheat & Gluten (we have been tested several times for this but this was the first year it showed up and it was at the top)
- Garlic (really? X-man loves eating garlic out of the jar and everything has garlic in it)
And with that 1 call, I was speechless and frozen in place. There is a quote I read that says “Uncertainty is caused by lack of knowledge. Hesitation is the product of fear”. Boy, isn’t that the truth! I am unsure of the new territory we are walking in, unsure what to make once again, unsure if we will ever be able to eat out again as a family, unsure what to pack in this new and upcoming school year. Afraid to take that first step and that hesitation kept me in the frozen in place for that first week. Just thinking about eating and making dinner was starting to freak me out again. Fear of the unknown and fear of failure could have kept me stuck in place, so I had to take a big breath and start moving forward again. I will get through this, we will get through this, we will overcome!
The specifics of my story may be different from yours, but I know we all face obstacles. Truth is, if you keep moving forward no matter what is thrown your way, no matter what uncertainty you face, you will get through it! I’m not sure what roadblocks you are facing……if it the health of yourself or a loved one, if its a new diagnosis of food allergies, if its something personal. All I know is that I have a good God who equipped me with what I need to succeed in life. He has entrusted me with my children and He has always taken care of us. Things may not be as I thought or as I had hoped, but I know His plans for me and my family are for “good and not disaster, to prosper us, to give us hope and a future”, Jeremiah 29:11 and that encourages me. The roadblock I faced 7 years ago, became a stepping stone. And this too will be another opportunity to grow, overcome and succeed. I pray that you don’t give up, that fear or uncertainty doesn’t hold you down and that your obstacles become your biggest opportunity for growth and helping others.