Have you ever done a fast? A fast of any kind? There is the juice fast, no-food-only-water fast, Daniel fast (fruit and veggies only), fasting from a habit, etc, fasting during a meal and using that time in communion with God.
So how do you choose?
I have no idea.
For myself, I thought I would try the Daniel fast. 1) Opportunity to focus and clarify. 2) Spend some time with God purposefully 3) How hard could this be? Seriously fruits and veggies – I’ve got this.
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Here is a peek into my first 12 hours on the Daniel fast:
7:30 a.m. Alarm rings
7:31-8:46 a.m. 4 more alarms ring and I finally get out of bed
8:47 a.m. Head to kitchen, open up refrigerator – pull out bacon, eggs, and stuff for waffles.
8:50 a.m. Realize I’m on Day 1 of Daniel fast
8:52 a.m. Prepare to make myself an Isagenix shake
8:53 a.m. Realize Isagenix shake is not a fruit nor a vegetable
8:53-8:55 a.m. Tears and motivational speech
8:56 a.m. Eat a banana
9:00 a.m. Sit down at desk for prayer and devotional time
9:04 a.m. Get distracted
10:05 a.m. Really want to complain about my suffering. I don’t exactly know how this qualifies as suffering, but I am suffering! Oh wait, this fast is suppose to be a holy moment. This fast isn’t suppose to be about me – it’s about God and His Glory.
10:06 a.m. Write in journal: Dear Diary, I feel really sucky because I keep focusing on myself instead of God. I am the lowest of the low. And I really want a bacon cheeseburger.
11:00 a.m. Eat a banana
Noon Watch television
4:00 p.m. Turn off television (God, maybe I should’ve chosen a TV fast instead of a Daniel fast, huh? But no tv. Dang. I just don’t think I could sacrifice like that.)
4:15 p.m. Eat banana
4:20 p.m. Head to grocery store to pick up another bunch or two of bananas. Can man live on banana alone?
5:20 p.m. Eat avocado and tomatoes. Dang. This is the life. I could live on avocado and tomatoes. Yum. Yum.
5:45 p.m. Panic sets in. What have I got myself into? This is day 1. I can’t do this for 7 days. Why would anyway give up meat and dairy and junk food? This is insanity. I have officially lost my mind. Oh right. Once again, this isn’t about me. Dear God, thank you for this amazing opportunity to fast and focus on you. But God, this is really hard. If I adhere to this Daniel fast, isn’t that like being legalistic? I don’t want to be one those legalistic people. Blah. I so don’t want to be like the Sanhedrin – those players were self-righteous fools. So it’s okay if I eat an almond or fifty and maybe some peanut butter (for protein, right?) Hey God, what big plans do you have for us? I bet it’s some amazing adventure that ends with a steak dinner.
6:14 p.m. I love fasting. This is the best idea. Ever.
6:16 p.m. I could fast forever.
6:20 p.m. Oh dear Jesus, what was I thinking??? Let’s renegotiate. How about a 1 day fast and then maybe next week I’ll do another day fast.
6:21 p.m. Tears (I hate bananas.)
6:45 p.m. Eat banana.
7:30 p.m. Go to bed. Not thinking about myself is exhausting.