NSM 2017: Anticipate & Experience Jehovah-Jireh...



By Debbie Cox 

Dictionary.com defines Fasting as to abstain from all food or to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance. As a Baptist this is not one of the things we do because we like to fellowship around food. I have been intrigued by fasting and what it means to enter this zone and during this season of Lent I have been reading about Jesus and his forty day wilderness fast. And I have been reading a book called 40 days of decrease, a different kind of hunger, a different kind of fast, by Alicia Britt Chloe. It has been a challenge, the first day was to fast from stinginess, and how we should share our resources, not just money, but knowledge, and other things but as humans we seem to be hard wired to be stingy, yes it hit home. 

With my son and his serious mental illness the one which stuck me this week was about fasting from trying to fix things. And again it hit home. Then the next day day was to fast from speeding through grief. And again it hit home. Dealing with mental illness, even when the person is stable, there is a grief which penetrates and stays. It continues day after day as a song I once heard, wave on wave. And it hurts, it hurts even more when a counseling professional highlights the off the chart anxiety that plagues my son and says things like “I don’t know how he will do outside your home” and it hurts because it takes away possibility and future and makes me consider my own frailty because as the hubbie said “ you’ve gotten old” and indeed that is true. So there is no speeding through this grief it is on going and for those who have lost a loved one or for those who are comforting anyone going through grief fast from speeding the person through grief, let them cry, let them sob, let them feel all those things that make us so uncomfortable because we can’t do anything except minister with presence. I don't know how to grieve this ongoing grief, this day to day admitting that I can not fix the problem so I weep every day, pray everyday, and hold on every day for the sun to come up and begin another day and I will attempt to fast from fixing and fast from speeding through grief. 

Note from Gary Piper... The Fasting Jesus recommends comes with this promise... “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.” (Matthew 6:16–18, The Message) 


“Scriptures marked MSG have been taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.”





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