Our pastor has called Freedom House to another 40 day fast beginning Monday. Now weighing 159lbs... I started to wonder just how thin this man wants me to get. But instead of food this time, God has called Krissy and I to fast the almighty television for 40 days.
One of the things that God taught be during my mother of all fasts, was that in the moment it's all about obedience (like nearly everything our walk with God) and answers come later. I know now that my previous fast accomplished many things.
- I never really believed I could loose that much weight
- Spurred me on to begin actual exercise
- Taught me to think about what I'm putting into my body
- Taught me spiritual discipline
The Bible talks about how some things only happen with prayer and fasting. The practical result of fasting, is almost like a social experience. "What would happen if a person was without _______ for a period of time". Hmmmm let's watch shall we. Invariably we turn to God because our flesh begins squirming since it's accustomed to the comforts of our world.
One of things that irked me most when returning from Ghana a number of years ago was when people would talk about Africa and say... "Well aren't we blessed to not have go through what they do" or,"Makes you appreciate what we have." Well no Homer. They have something that we don't and, in many cases, it as a direct result of being without our precious physical comfort. They have a reliable social network (not government... actual friends... not computer MSN friends... wild!), they have joy. I WANT what they have.
I'm quite looking forward to seeing how, first my flesh, then my spirit reacts to no television for 40 days. It is likely going to be in a way that could only happen with a fast. Supernatural God leading dead flesh just releases our spirit from the POW camps we're struggling not to have to live in anymore.