I told Hannah that was a very mature way to look at it. I also told her I was going to let her choose the pace and the degree to which she wants to eliminate these foods and that it is up to her to decide what's more important to her. That piece of birthday cake...even if a headache might follow, or no headache. I will try to provide the healthy/yummy alternatives.
Oh...but inside...as the days wore on, the little stalwart Hannah's mother's attitude was not so faithful as Hannah's. I questioned God why it had to be Hannah, why it had to be me... This happens to other people. Now this added burden while already struggling to cook healthy for a family without allergies and special orders seemed hard enough... why...God would you create your people incompatible to Your food? It doesn't make a ton of sense, Lord... (oh yes...I know...wicked Liz...) and, and how many more of the children have these allergies? Why God, why...
Hannah has chosen to go pretty much cold turkey-- eliminating those beloved culprits with the tenacity of a bulldog and the grace of a butterfly. As I have watched her I have been convicted so immensely by the greatness of her childlike faith. The fact is that her great gift of faith (unusual at such a young age) is directly connected to the suffering experienced in her life. It taught her and made her aware of her need for the Sweet Suffering Savior--Jesus.
Why would I wish that away from her???
Oh, that we would see the value in all trials, tribulations and anything that exposes the reality of the situation. If only there were a blood test to show in bold red graph the severity of each of our unique depths of total depravity.
Imagine the doctor walking in. "Well, here it is Elizabeth, your results are in. What we've always suspected. You are showing a severe "allergic" reaction to the concept of Biblical submission, to self-control, to trust and contentment.... there is also a moderate tendency to fear and anxiety and your grumbling and complaining is reading off the charts...
Food allergies are rather a good analogy for life in general I'm realizing. It's been hard for me to accept this idea of being allergic to food. But we are fallen, people. Death is inevitable. Allergies seem to be Hannah's lot in life and because she knows the truth, she was able to quickly see that it is a good lot. The sooner we accept the reality our sinfulness, and God's goodness, and of the eternity awaiting--once we really get that we need saving from our fleshly selves, the better off we are. Compared to many lots, food allergies is a walk in the park. By God's grace may we be able to face our lot in life with thankfulness, setting our hope on Him.
Let them fear death who do not fear sin. --Thomas Watson
"in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortailty, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. "
"O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, [and my beloved Hannah], be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that you toil is not in vain in the Lord. -1Cor. 15:52-58