As of two days ago, I was fasting sugar, all sugar, and in a haze of withdrawal. Today, I’m still hazy and not feeling great, though I’m happy to report that what seemed like a truck running me over in my sleep has been downgraded to a moped.
One thing is different about this fasting time. Usually, people fast because something bad is happening in their lives and they are pressing in to get through it. Or, they fast because their church is doing it. Or maybe it’s something they do routinely (for instance, I had a routine where I would fast one day/week and eat nothing for 24 hours, and pray every spare chance I got). Sometimes it’s a combination.
It’s rare, though, to fast simply because. It’s rare that we feel that pull when things are going well. But that’s exactly what this season is. It’s a time to draw near and fill up with His love – not because I’m currently lacking love but just because I am loved. Just because. It’s a Daughter bonding with her Daddy.
I have no idea what God is going to do, but I know what I want – more of Him!
I have been fasting lately too. I am doing a study on prayer, and I have been discovering that fasting limits my distractions. I kinda think that if we fast “just because” it will limit the need to do so when something “bad” happens. Because we will already be prepared to handle it. Thanks for this post.
I agree. I mean I definitely don’t think God does things “Just because”. From my viewpoint, it’s just bonding with Him – just because. And yes of course He loves me and wants bonding time. But it also feels like there’s an element of preparation here, getting me ready for growth and the next steps of my walk. God has a reason for bonding with me via fasting and He’s got a plan for it. Time will tell!
So true, I didn’t think I could fast. Now I realize just how necessary it is. Thanks for your post.