I need to make a confession.
But you have to promise not to laugh.
Okay.Our church has teamed with over 900 other churches for the 21 Day Fast, and it started today.
It's right in line with my 90 day plan. That's not the confession, by the way....
During church I kept wondering how everyone else was fasting. Were they only drinking liquids? Were they only fasting from sun up to sun down? (Being in the Arabic community for so many years, that's what I was used to.) During Ramadan, which is 40 days, they fast from sun up to sun down eating a light meal after they break the fast in the evening.
The theme of today's message was "The Power of One"
One person, One year, One change can all make many huge differences.
John talked about The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree from Luke 13:6-9
6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”The Vinedresser had 3 things that God yearns for us:
While he was talking and I was absorbing, (which is why church is so important in the first place) God kept speaking to me. He kept saying to me: "Get back to what I gave you."
The words "fruits and vegetables" kept playing over and over in my head. And my head kept saying: "But that's food." That wouldn't technically be fasting. Or would it?
What if, just for a small amount of time, I got back to only what God gave us?
Now for my big confession:
I've heard of the Daniel Fast, but never looked into it enough to know what it was. Ironically one of the pastors' wives put an update on Facebook giving recipes for those of us starting the fast. Suddenly it all made sense.
I thought I was special.
I thought God was speaking directly to me, giving me some secret message like the radio program gave Ralphie for his secret decoder in The Christmas Story.
But Daniel and Amanda already had it!
Then I realized God WAS speaking just to me. For Me. But just like I have to break down the big words for Chief sometimes....God had to break it down for me. He wanted me to find it on my own. I'm sure He didn't care that Facebook was the means, He was just glad I found it.
So thanks Amanda! Oh yeah, and thanks Daniel...
Go check out The Daniel Fast here.
I know it's only 21 days....
I've decided that I'm not brave enough to go cold turkey with my coffee and tea. I'm more fearful of my addiction to those two than any food I can think of.
But I know it's only 21 days....
I've used coffee as a substitute to food for so long. It scares me to confront food again without Starbucks in my corner! That's it in a nutshell.
But I know it's only 21 days....
So I'm going to take the next 5 days to wean myself down. I know. I'm a wimp.
I'm going to need your encouragement.
I'm going to need you to make me mad by sending me quick messages asking if I'm on track.
And I'm going to use restraint when I have to pray before answering you in a sarcastic nice manner by trudging through my withdrawals...
Because even though it's only 21 days....
It's Really The Rest Of My Life