Sometimes, God leads us to uncomfortable experiences – uncomfortable places and uncomfortable relationships. Sometimes, He asks us to go through disciplines that we would not have the strength to do on our own.
For 6 weeks, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday this year, I fasted in a couple ways. I deprived myself of some food related thing. I also began a habit of meditating on God’s word every morning.
There were times when I felt shaky and irritable when I would skip a meal. I remember being miserable and I could not focus on the tasks at hand because I was hungry. I was so uncomfortable that I could not comprehend even simple conversations with my wife and friends because I was so caught up in thinking about food! My reality at that moment was “nothing else matters but food!”
I am not sure about you, but when I am hungry, I feel so cold. Also, in addition to a growling stomach and headache, I become a different person because of hunger. All I can think of is food and I don’t want to talk with anyone about anything! Until I had my food I could not concentrate, I could not do anything and would not care about anything else. Everything was a challenge.
Can you think of a time in your life when God may have led you to an uncomfortable experience? How did you feel? Did it bring you to a different dimension? What did God teach you during that particular time? Did you learn something or discover something about yourself and about others?
What would it be like to consider eating one meal a day for 7 days to experience what many food insecure people go through in our own backyards each and every day – to engage in a level of disciple that require a little bit of discomfort to somehow be in their world? Imagine living a life of depravity due to circumstances that are beyond your control?
It is hard to imagine that there are 1 out of 6 people in the greatest country in the world (the United States of America) who go hungry and even worse, 80,000 kids who go to bed hungry every night in metro Indy. You and I may ask, “How could that be? Not in my neighborhood and not in my watch!” We may come up with different conclusions and analyses, but the truth is that many people are hungry in our cities.
During FHL Week, July 22nd – 28th many people will be doing the 0-0-1 challenge to experience what it would be like to be hungry, to bring awareness to our cities that hunger is real for many people. For us, it’s only 7 days but for many, it’s their way of life due to one reason or another. Watch Angela as she shares what her world look like…
Visit https://www.fhlcommunity.org/beyond-this-hunger/ to find out how you can be a voice for hungry families in your city. I pray that this simple, unselfish sacrifice for others would inspire you to help those in need beyond, a bag of groceries.
Through my 6 weeks of discipline, God built my character and revealed things in my life – the good and the bad and the things that I would have not discovered had I not go through the experience of being hungry. It was a special season of discovering about my purpose and about the people around me.
“For when you saw me hungry, you fed me. When you found me thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I had no place to stay, you invited me in,” – Matthew 25:35 (TPT)