Daniel Fast ~ Day Three
Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. ~ Psalm 72:19
Day Three seemed to go pretty well. This was my first day with students, and I was a little afraid I would be a cranky teacher without my coffee, but it really seemed to fly by quickly! Chris came up today and brought me lunch, and we really had a great talk about the reasons why we are fasting. We both had a little bit of a headache all day, but our energy was better. When I woke up this morning, my face and chest had broken out with a rash – probably from all of the yucky processed food trying to eek itself out of my pores. My skin felt pretty icky all day – very oily, like I had lots of lotion. Weird!
So here are the three meals that we had today:
Breakfast: Our yummy staple of oatmeal and blueberries. Getting a little old.
Lunch: Sante Fe Stuffed Bell Peppers. To die for delish!
Dinner: Lemon Garlic Brussel Sprouts and a cinnamon sweet potato. We usually fix our brussel sprouts with bacon and parmesan cheese, so I was really afraid I was not going to like them, but they were amazing! Or maybe I was just really hungry.
For snacks today, we had hummus and fruit/vegetable juice from our juicer, and lots of dried fruit, with mixed nuts.
Chris and I also started bible study tonight, and I have to tell you the amazing story of what happened. On the night of January 16, I had the most unusual dream. So unusual that when I woke up on the morning of Friday the 17th, I felt God telling me that I needed to write the details down, but it was a pretty simple dream, so I really didn’t think much about writing anything down. But something happened at Bible Study tonight that I will never forget. To back up a little… there are two things that have recently happened. First, a dream. Here are the details of that dream:
I was watching myself from above my bed. I could see myself sleeping, and I saw an angel with very strange wings come into our bedroom and come near where I was sleeping on my bed. I was sleeping, but woke (I saw myself wake in the dream, so I was still sleeping) and slightly sat up. The angel reached her hand out to my mouth in a “shhhhh” type fashion and then put her finger over her mouth in the same way and backed out of our door as she disappeared.
The other is a supernatural link to a blog post that I wrote on January 5th. In this post, I felt a nudging from God to title that post Sift because I felt like God had given me this as my “word of the year”. For many days, I would see this word and be drawn to it.
Fast forward to the Bible study that I started tonight. We are doing Beth Moore’s “Sacred Secrets”. In typical fashion, I was running late, so by the time I arrived, they had already started. Which was probably good, because I might have been tempted to devour one of the cupcakes that I think I saw when I snuck in! After about ten minutes of starting the video a picture appeared that shook me to my core.
The pattern of the hair in this picture is so similar to the pattern of the angel’s wings in my dreams. Then add the finger over the mouth, and I sat watching the video trying to fight back tears at the connection. Once I think I’ve pulled myself together to actually pay attention, I look up at the screen and see this:
Yes. She has a sifter. She presented the word secret, and how it comes from Latin secretus, meaning to separate, distinguish. From se- meaning apart and cernere – meaning to sift. TO SIFT APART. She explains that a “secret is that which we hold back, choosing what we will show, and what will stay inside.” The essence of this bible study is dealing with what we don’t show. What’s on the inside of the sifter.
Father God, I am beginning to understand how you are at work. Our fast, this Bible study… it is all such perfect timing. I am not fasting to impress you, or to get something from you. I am fasting to please you… to connect with you through prayer and to express a heart of worship and gratitude. I am fasting to show my sincerity of pushing away from the world. I am wanting to separate myself and come before you, asking for a clean slate – for the Holy Spirit to anoint me and use me! I hope that my fasting demonstrates my trust that you will provide for all of my needs. I am asking you to sift my life and deal with anything unpleasing…. and not just the stuff that people can see on the outside. Deal with all of it, Lord. I want complete victory in all areas of my life, but I can’t do it without you.