I used to think that days are too short and there is never enough time to get things done. But fasting made me realize how many minutes there really are in a day. Your physical self groans as you count down the minutes until you can take that one bite of food or to just sip a cup of coffee to keep you awake. The temptations to just eat a few almonds or maybe even a granola bar were lingering all day for me in the office. My co-workers' lunches were potent lures wafting out of the microwave as I sat trying to focus on work. But in my moments of weakness, I thought about how hungry Jesus must have been in the desert as He fasted for not just 24 hours, but 40 days!
"It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."
Giving in to what we want is the easy option, the fastest way out and a distraction from what we've really been blessed with. This past Tuesday, my day of fasting made me really appreciate how thankful I am for every minute of the day. 24 hours is indeed a lot of time, especially when everyone else around me was freely able to reach into the fridge for a snack. But fasting helped me to cut away from worrying about what new Pinterest recipe I should try out or having to buy groceries for a day. I sometimes forget how God has blessed His children with the ultimate gift of belonging that we as humans crave.
Food from the Earth satisfies our blood and bones only temporarily and the body is weak. But know that God will keep you strong through Spiritual food. Living a life in tandem with His kingdom and His covenant, we are given the most ultimate joy of being infinitely loved and truly redeemed.