A Date with the Lord

August 22, 2008 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

Today I broke down and spent a little time fasting.

The tension in my back has been there two weeks.  I’m medicated.  I’m stretching.  I’m doing heat pads.  I’m doing everything.  And it’s still debilitating at times.

Ironically, I went grocery shopping this morning, first thing, without breakfast, and chose foods for the celebration the Lord and I would have at the end, and food for the family.   Oh! I delighted to buy more babyback ribs on sale!  I even bought some shrimp, and roasts, and…nacho cheese.  Not the best way to break a fast, but I had my mind made up.  And…homemade pizza goods for tonight.  Mmmm.  They were GOOD…fresh garden green peppers on them, tomatoes…

I eagerly awaited the breaking of the fast.

It wasn’t a huge fast, but from last night about 9, until 2 this afternoon.  If you are not used to fasting, that’s a good first run.  Seventeen Hours, but the night passes some of the hours.  I did drink some Gatorade because I felt pretty dehydrated early on from the night, as I often do.

Why fast?

I needed to spend some time with the Lord, just focusing on Him, making myself really pray.  I need to remember that he is who he says he is and he does what he says he will do.  And, I needed to read it again and again.

I needed to get back into my meditation scripture cards (I have lost my favorite set!), and spend some time just talking with him honestly, and letting him talk to me.

I ended up with a lot of tasks and jobs still standing in the way, or that I put in the way, used to preocupying myself, I suppose.

But, I had a deadline set, and I met it.

It was a good time…I even had some relief for a while with my back.

All morning there was slowness.   Clarity.  Focus.  Intentionality.  Honesty.  Faith. Prayer.

He was near.

He understood.

He met me where I was.

He touched my heart.

And I thank Him.

When his word is near, He is near.

I need it more and more.

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