I’ve discovered how to get extra hours in my day! Want to know what it is? Fasting. Time just draaaaaaags on by, as slow as I’ve been begging it to do for years. Seriously.
But I did get a lot accomplished! I did some intense cleaning in my mother’s office (something I kept putting off because I “never had the time”). What I thought would be a two-week job turned into about 1.5-2 days’ work. By tomorrow afternoon or evening everything should be spotless! It may not seem like much to you, dear reader, but you can never imagine the mountain and the raging sea of old books and papers that I conquered.
On another note, I really wanted to watch Seinfeld and drink some Starbucks today. Everything I did related to some hilarious episode of my all time favorite show, and it was hard not to pull out my dvd’s, kick back and laugh some hours away – not impossibly so, but hard nonetheless. However, God is good and He kept me focused on my task. Contrary to popular belief, if you override and ignore twinges of desire they eventually (not immediately) go away. If you resist the devil, he will most certainly flee.
So I woke up and ate some Corn Flakes without adding sugar. It didn’t kill me, but I realize how much I rely on my morning dose of sweets. After working up an appetite, I fixed a plain salad (just lettuce) and ate it like a runaway slave. It was finished within two minutes of making it. Around 6:15 I had some baked chicken and baked onion rings – I felt like frying it was a little too indulgent – and tried not to hum with pleasure while eating it. As of right now, I just finished off some raisins (nature’s dry version of candy) and a glass of milk. Like a child in a sitcom from the 50s. Overall things weren’t too hard today.
I did drink a LOT of water, following a tip I got from Jentezen Franklin’s book on fasting and prayer. Many diets advocate the same thing because our bodies can confuse thirst with hunger; meaning, we may feel like we’re hungry when all we need is a nice, big glass of refreshing water. Part of me wonders if this fast isn’t hard on me because I’ve been spending a lot of time in worship and prayer; or, if I’ve somehow let myself off easy. I have to keep reminding myself that the purpose of a fast is not to make myself miserable. Christ is my portion and a great treasure, so it’s not unnatural that I don’t feel intense lack when I spend extra time in His presence.
As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. – Isaiah 62:5b (NKJV)