"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." - Ephesians 1:3-5
Friday, February 21, 2014
My daughter is fasting... what's the point?
My stomach is making me well aware that I have not eaten in
about 13 hours. All I want to do is grab some food. My daughter hasn't eaten in
about 15 hours. She went to school that way. This actually happens a lot to
her. Breakfast becomes repulsive at times when she is nervous about upcoming
events of the day. Today is different. Today she was supposed to eat a good
breakfast before 6am in order to participate in World Vision's 30-hour Famine. She
is not quite 12-years-old yet.
The Consent Form I had to sign states that "the
average, healthy person is able to go without food for 30 hours without any ill
effects. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, the following: children
under the age of 12..." She is one of the first exceptions. As though I
wasn't anxious enough about sending my oldest off to her first overnight youth
activity... without food.
I chose to send her to school with a pear, some iceberg
lettuce, ranch dressing and Gatorade. Her youth leader stressed the importance
of drinking fluids. I stressed to him my concerns about her not yet being 12. He
was not concerned but that didn't bring me calm. Many times my mind still
pictures him at my daughter's age instead of the reality of the Godly young man
he is now. When it is difficult for me to see the fact that other people's
children grow up, maybe it shouldn't be such a shock that I'm having a
difficult time accepting the fact about my own daughter.
So, yeah, I made excuses and my daughter will be
participating in a modified fast.
Excuse #1: She's not 12 (a modified fast was suggested by
World Vision for the exceptions they listed)
Excuse #2: She'd be fasting for more like 40+ hours instead
of 30 because she didn't eat breakfast Excuse #3: She has to get through the school day and
accomplish the tasks expected of her Excuse #4: It's a pear and lettuce...
Excuse #5: She's my oldest and I have a hard time letting go
(that's just the real truth, I suppose)
The reason I haven't eaten breakfast this morning is because
I want to know a bit of what she is feeling right now. I am hungry and want to
eat. Honestly, I haven't been drinking the fluids like she was told to do. She
isn't either. She hardly touched the Gatorade I gave her this morning and only
has water available until lunch. Hopefully she'll remember to drink. I just got
myself a cup of coffee (not the best fluid choice I'm sure but what I got
Before my daughter, Nikelle, left for school today, her
daddy instructed her on the purpose behind fasting. (Side note: I love that
man!) He explained to her that the Bible instructs us to fast because the
hunger we feel is supposed to turn our hearts and minds to God. We don't
understand that concept in our world much today. Fasting is commonplace
especially as we approach Easter but do we truly understand the purpose?
I hope the hunger I feel today will prompt me to pray... for
her, for her youth group and for the starving children of the world. Will you join
me? Have you ever chosen to fast? Do you utilize fasting for what God intended?
Is there another reason?
"Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward.Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” - Luke 14:12-14