As this 6 week focus has progressed, I’ve had my successes and failures with following what I set out to do. My experience with God, however, has proven true and real. I’ve drawn closer and invited Him to enter further into my deepest struggles.
I’ve sensed Him reminding me that even though “man does not live by bread alone,” there is an inference given to the statement which I have come to recognize and embrace…bread is not a bad thing and sometimes a man, or woman, needs to eat bread, and sometimes it needs to be eaten simply because we are breaking it with someone else. Food is okay to enjoy and sharing a meal with someone is a rich and necessary part of living in human relationship with others.
In this, God’s Spirit has spoken to me more intently on the goodness of all things in moderation, the call t
o living balanced in holistic wellness. I feel I have a better way to move forward now, a greater sense of what I need, what I should limit, and what I must do in order to be healthy as a whole person. While caught up in this Lenten introspection embodied by my literal actions, the journey and sacrifices of Jesus have impacted me in new ways.
My desire is that this last week of Lent will provide a few more moments of an awareness of the fullness of God’s presence in the midst of my own sensations of physical emptiness. I’m praying this for me now, and for you, whomever you may be that happens to read this….
I’ll share more details of my journey forward next weekend when we await the sunrise of Easter morning….