1. I am going on a mission trip in 21 days to Romania.
2. I was encouraged to do the Daniel Fast for 21 days.
3. I felt God calling me to journal about this experience, not for boasting but on the contrary to show that I am weak, I need him, and I need accountability.
Today is not even over yet and physically I feel exhausted.
My body is pounding and aching. My jaw his been clenched tight since about 11:30 this morning.
I spent the morning reading and praying, off and on.
Then it got harder...
About 3:00 I texted a dear friend of mine as I laid in bed and told her I was dying. I was sure of it.
Her response spurred me...
She was right. Why did I turn to her in the midst of my despair?
Her truth spoke straight to my heart.
To Him I went, on my knees, hands wide open. I cried like a baby, tears pouring down my face because I am so weak... especially when it comes to food. Food is my temptation, it is my comfort, my worldly desire.
Then I noticed that this act of emptying me out to bring me to him is causing him to sort through my weaknesses in order to fill them with his strength.
In his strength he will set me free.
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
I come to the One who made me asking to be set free.
I come to him on my knees, in my pain, throbbing head and aching body. He is emptying me of me, increasingly releasing me to become the one he created me to be.
I've never been in this state before. I've done diets, fad diets, and cleanses, but they last 1-2 meals then I cave. This is different. This is not about me, this is about God, something greater than my feeble little self.
"As you follow Me, I lead you along paths of newness: ways you never imagined. Don't worry about what is on the road up ahead. I want you to find security in knowing me, the One who died to set you free." - Jesus Calling, Sarah Young
I want to know him so well that I will turn to him in times of need. To fall on my knees and cry out to him, "Oh! Lord I need you! I want to be secure in you, to be made new!" This is the reason I am where I am today... right now.
It is great how he works when you call upon him! I was going to skip ahead to tomorrow's devotional and read 1 John 1:5-10 and I somehow managed to read 1:5-10 but of the wrong book in the bible. Stay with me a second, this is how great my God is!! He showed me 2 Peter 1:5-10 and it was exactly what I needed to hear today... here it is.
"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities with increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed of their past sins."
This is the way that we step closer to knowing God.
He has a plan for us right there... right there!
Better yet it builds. So it has a starting point - faith and ends with love. What I love most about this is that we start with faith, then we hope and pray for knowledge, we hope and pray for self-control, we hope and pray for perseverance, we hope and pray for godliness, mutual affection... and then we end in love.
Faith, Hope, and Love... and the greatest of these - the ending point! It's love!!
I'm finding myself stuck on step 4 on the road to know him better. As I gain self-control in the next few days (maybe weeks) through the Holy Spirit working in me, I will find that I will build on self-control with perseverance. Increasing. Enduring. Moving on the quality number 5 with increasing measure... because I long to know him more, to know my heart is right with the One who set me free.
Overwhelmed heart... that's for sure.
Overwhelmed heart... that's for sure.