Fasting Hunger

October 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM

“Fasting helps me stop, face that feeling, allowing it to pass, and then experiencing that wash of peace and purpose.”

Unless you fast on a regular bases, it will be impossible for you to understand the deep, even overwhelming hunger I have to fast right now. I am starting a 14 day fast in a week and I am honestly more excited about it then if I was vacationing on a tropical island. I cannot wait.  It almost feels like an indulgence. I would start today I if could. The anticipation is off the charts. I sense something remarkable is going to happen.  Even though fasting is a familiar place, every fast is a unique journey into the soul. 

For months my job and personal life has kept me ridiculously busy, logging many hours of overtime. I feel like an empty shell just going through the motions, just trying to keep a step ahead of my list of responsibilities. I feel detached to my spiritual life, and disconnected to my creative self. When I get into this place I find it very hard to pull out, in spite of feeling dissatisfied most of the time.  

I have often asked myself the question of why racing around here and there becomes so addictive and why it is so hard to put on the breaks and reconnect with that spiritual part of me that is connected to God. I think part of it is when I finally do stop, like in bed before sleep, the emptiness of my life catches up with me, and it’s   a horrible feeling. So I keep busy to run from feeling empty. 

Fasting helps me stop, face that feeling, allowing it to pass, and then experiencing that wash of peace and purpose. It would seem even though Jesus bought us peace with His blood, there is still a cost to taking hold of it. Lets great real about that. 

Fasting hunger is a good sign. It comes from that spiritual part of me. It’s a hunger that goes way beyond physical hunger. So I will answer the call, clear my calendar, and fast. 

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