New to Fasting…
I love the spiritual disciplines. I love reading about them, learning new and creative ways to connect with God. I love learning from the saints and current people of our time who seem to have a little “closer walk with thee.”
I’m not, however, very experienced with fasting. It’s the one spiritual discipline I haven’t fully embraced. Maybe I’ve even been a little afraid of it? I’ve read about fasting and experimented very minimally with this spiritual discipline, but I have not made it routine. When it was announced that we were going to fast corporately as a congregation, I decided it was time to dive in and try it. (Not to mention I had signed up to write a “fasting blog” this month).
I began on Monday evening at 6:00 PM. I decided to do a 24-hour fast and have a little juice if I needed some. I was looking forward to seeing how God would meet me and it ended up being a very fruitful experience.
I was surprised by a few things.
- I really didn’t ever get THAT hungry – might say something about how we don’t need to eat as much as we think.
- I was around food A LOT – making breakfast for my kids, packing lunches, putting out after school snacks and making dinner.
- I found myself almost grabbing food on many occasions without even thinking. Made me think about being more intentional in the future.
- I had more time in my day because I didn’t have to worry about what I was going to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- It was the one day this winter I ended up doing the shoveling because of the big snowfall and my husband’s crazy work day. Of course!
My experience with God.
- I had extra time to spend with God, and I did.
- My daily scripture reading for the morning on my phone happened to be Mark 8:34 “…if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” I had ample time to meditate on this.
- I spent time praying for my kids, for Hope Church and the discernment process, work related items, family and friends. I had time to just sit with Jesus and listen.
- It slowed me down – inwardly and outwardly. I took breaks, had a little juice after shoveling and only had bad nerves around my kids right after school.
I broke my fast with cheesecake and pizza at a leadership appreciation dessert for my department. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that. It wasn’t as hard or as scary as I had thought and I truly did draw closer to Jesus. I love the verse Sarah Marasigan lifted up in the video this month on fasting. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8a.
KC DiNardo, Student Ministries