Daniel Fast ~ Day 6
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. ~ Psalm 145:8
There is not one time in that Christ does not respond to someone in need. Not. One. Time. I dare you to find it. Sure, there’s Lazarus… and Jesus stayed where he was for two whole days and Lazarus died… but he did eventually respond. In a mighty way. Always a response. But never anger. And I stand amazed… because there are so many times that He was interrupted. And I look at my 15 shorts years of motherhood, and see a reflection through a cracked and broken mirror of yelling and anger over simple interruptions and question if I’m doing this parenting thing right.
Almost anywhere, Jesus had an audience. And no matter the intrusion, he responded with compassion and grace. I respond with hostility and impatience. The beggars, the crippled, the blind, the sick, the poor, the sinners… he loved them all… rich in love. And I loose my patience with the clerks whose poor cash registers run out of tape. And children who take their shoes off when we need to be leaving the house. And the Lord is slow to anger, rich in love. I am poor in love, so desperately poor.
There are moments when I explode because my patience is placed on a hot stove and I walk away and forget to tend to it, and it boils over leaving a mess to clean up after.
Proverbs 4:23 warns “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life.” I will be the first to get in the line of mothers who are so tired at the end of the day that we can’t wait to tuck our children in their beds. I know what it is like to hide in the bathroom and eat five oreos because you just need a moments peace and you can’t handle your children if they have any more sugar. The danger lurks in staying in that bathroom. Only Jesus can, and we need to draw our strength on the fact that we can’t overcome all of life’s challenges…. but Christ can. So go have an oreo in the bathroom with Jesus… soak up some of his grace… and continue on!
Today’s menu was relatively simple. It seems to be getting easier, but the planning and cooking is a big change for us. I usually don’t take leftovers to work, but I have noticed that I am doing so more and more. Which means that I have to cook more for each meal. I have also noticed that we are washing an awful lot of Tupperware… a container for salad dressing, a container for peanut butter, a container for hummus, baggies for vegies or chips, and bags for fruit.
Breakfast: Oatmeal and blueberries.
Snacks: Spinach Artichoke Dip and Chapati (Chipatti?) Bread
Lunch: Fruit Salad, Apples, Celery and Peanut Butter
Dinner: Steamed Vegetables – Broccoli, Carrots, Zucchini, Squash
**Dessert! – Although it’s not an oreo… I poached some apples and pears tonight. Sprinkled cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, and honey on top. They were delicious!